Jaishankar praises PM Modi for making India matter to the world today
He was speaking at an interactive dialogue with the Indian-American community organized by the US-India Friendship Council and Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS). Indian-Americans from various parts of the country as far as Los Angeles and Houston flew in to attend the event.
Taking a jibe at the mainstream American media, including The Washington Post, for their “biased” coverage of India. “I look at the media. You know, there are some newspapers you know, exactly, what they are going to write including one in this town,” Jaishankar said.
Referring to the series of meetings he had with the world leaders in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Jaishankar said he can say this based on the feedback from these meetings.
“Today our opinions count, our views matter, and have actually today the ability to shape the big issues of our time. I think these are main takeaways from a very, very intensive set of interactions over the last six days,” he said about his New York meetings.
Responding to a question on Ukraine, Jaishankar said today the nature of the world is such that a big conflict by definition causes enormous ripples across the world. “People across the world are paying the cost of fuel and food”.
“I think this conflict has different facets and perhaps some of those, maybe addressed (earlier),” he said.
During his stay in the US, he is expected to meet the Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. He is also likely to have interactions with the members of the corporate sector and the think-tank community.
“During my professional lifetime, as a diplomat, perhaps the biggest change that I saw, and I was privileged to be part of, was a change in the relationship between India and America,” he said.
The minister described Indian-Americans as the living bridge between the two countries as the one responsible for this change. The role of the Indian-American community in strengthening this relationship is something which “I can never say enough about,” he said.
“India, America relationship has changed because of Indian-Americans. It did not change only because of government policies,” Jaishankar said.
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