PM to Heads of Indian Missions
- Use the current global environment to position India in leading role
- “You are vibrant representatives of a glorious heritage”
- India has a great responsibility to help the world counter new threats to global peace
- India must lead the fight against climate change; love for nature is part of Indian culture
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the global environment today represents a rare opportunity as the world is keen to embrace India and India is moving forward with confidence.
The Prime Minister was addressing Heads of Indian Missions from across the world. He urged the diplomats to use the “unique” opportunity to help India position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force, globally. Urging them to shed old mindsets, the Prime Minister said they should be quick to adapt to changing global situations.
Emphasizing the role of “Heads of Missions” in projecting India to the world, the Prime Minister described them as “shining vibrant representatives” (tejasvi, jeevant anshpunj) of India`s glorious heritage. He urged them to work ceaselessly and with a clear mind, on India`s development priorities, and to advance India`s interests abroad.
Speaking of conflicts in the 21st Century, the Prime Minister said there were new “actors” and new “threats” to global peace and prosperity.
On the challenge of climate change, the Prime Minister said protecting the environment is part of India`s cultural heritage, and therefore, India must take the lead in countering this challenge, and also work towards a change in global attitudes towards the challenges of climate change. He said Indian culture was replete with illustrations which indicate “love for nature.”
The Prime Minister credited the Indian diplomatic community for getting International Day of Yoga adopted by the United Nations in record time and with a record number of co-sponsors. He said Yoga should be projected as a possible solution to common everyday problems of people across the world, including stress management.
The Prime Minister said the NITI Aayog has recognized the Indian diaspora as a great strength of our nation, and Heads of Missions must come up with innovative ways, in which to positively build upon this strength.
The Prime Minister said there should be a compendium of best practices of Missions across the world. He called upon Missions to contribute towards developing a culture for “Swachhta” – cleanliness, and to remain ahead of the curve on digital diplomacy. He urged the Missions to maintain digital libraries showcasing the best of Indian culture, and maintaining regular contact with prominent individuals from countries abroad, who have visited or were planning to visit India.
Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh, and Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, were present on this occasion.