Prime Minister Narendra Modi inauurated the 2nd Raisina Dialogue with a global audience of over 250 international leaders, representatives and thinkers in New Delhi.
Raisina Dialogue is India’s flagship geo-political event which has become a much awaited think fest in the global calendar in very little time.
Among other global figures, the raisina dialogue is witnessing the participation of Nepalese Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, former Australia PM Kevin Rudd and Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina’s International Affairs Advisor Gauhar Rizvi.
The first edition was held in March 2016 by the Ministry of External Affairs along with the Observer Research Foundation.
The theme of the 2nd edition is ‘The New Normal: Multilateralism and Multipolarity’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address said that if Pakistan wants dialogue with India, Islamabad must have to walk away from terrorism. It is not a mere template, rather a genuine desire that peace should be the consideration for any meaningful relation with India. Also for prosperity and peace in the region, Pakistan should understand that talks and terrorism do not go hand-in-hand.
Prime Minister Modi’s stated that steady increase in military power, resources and wealth in the Asia-Pacific raised the stakes for the security. On the situation in the South China Sea, the Indian Prime Minister observed that it is an area through which annually $5 trillion worth of merchandised goods are shipped. India also exports and imports 55 per cent of its goods through this area. Even as the international tribunal has given a verdict against China’s claims over this contentious sea, Beijing is neither ready to respect the order nor it has stopped its reclaiming activities in the sea.
The Dialogue remained successful in bringing to the fore issues concerning the world, including urgent reform of the UN Security Council.