Jaishankar's taunt: Vote bank politics had dominated foreign policy, prevented increasing relations with Israel
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar made a big statement while talking about India of 2047 during a program in Gujarat on Sunday. He said that I will be jealous of the person who will be the foreign minister in 2047, but I will tell you one thing, being the foreign minister of Narendra Modi's government is also a big strength. The core is beliefs, confidence, and attitude and the world is recognizing this. Actually, Jaishankar made this statement because PM Modi had said in a program that in 2047 India will become a developed country, and being the foreign minister of a developed country is a big deal in itself. A function was organized in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to release the Gujarati translation of Jaishankar's book 'The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World. On this occasion, the External Affairs Minister spoke on India's foreign policy from population control to the future.
Vote bank politics had overtaken foreign policy
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while talking about India-Israel relations, said that there was a time when vote bank politics dominated foreign policy which prevented Israel from taking the relationship forward. Without naming Congress, he said, "For some political reasons, we had to restrict ourselves from expanding relations with Israel." PM Modi was the first Indian Prime Minister who went to Israel... Now the time has gone when we keep national interest separate from vote bank politics. We do not influence foreign policy for political gains.
India is the fifth largest economy and should show confidence
He said that being the fifth largest economy, India should show confidence. The lack of confidence is due to the habits that keep us bound. He also said that engaging America, managing China, assuring Russia... India's foreign policy is 'Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas'. Jaishankar said, “Till now, whenever we think of oceans, we think of the Indian Ocean. It is the extent of our thinking that whenever we talk about maritime interest, we are thinking of the Indian Ocean. Let's talk about."
50 percent of trade goes from the Pacific Ocean
Dr. S Jaishankar said that more than fifty percent of our trade goes east towards the Pacific Ocean. The line between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean exists only on the map atlas, but in reality, there is nothing like it... We must go beyond historical lines in our thinking. The Indo-Pacific is a new strategic concept going on in the world." Talking about a chapter in his book, the External Affairs Minister said that the fact that we should not interfere in the problems of others in the world is a kind of dogma.
Very Dangerous Consequences of Forced Population Control
On population control in India, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar said that the growth rate of the Indian population is declining, due to education, social awareness, and prosperity. The size of the family among each of us is getting smaller with the passage of time. Forced population control can have very dangerous consequences, it can lead to gender imbalance.
Our confidence is not visible because of habits
He said that it is possible that in the 1950s and 1960s we did not have the capacity and it was not in our interest but a few days ago we became the fifth largest economy. No one's thinking of the 20th number and the 5th number can be the same. We should change according to our ability. We should show confidence that is not there and it is not because our habits keep us bound. The External Affairs Minister said we have reached a stage where we should maintain relations with everyone as much as we can to further our interests because India's progress in a way becomes the benchmark for us to move forward.