Intense focus on India at world stage, Indian ambassador says

Abu Dhabi: There is an intense focus on India at the world stage now because of four major factors, according to a top Indian diplomat.

“Scholars, diplomats and analysts are trying to figure out what are the elements in this ‘discovery of India’. My own sense is, at least, there are four specific reasons,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the new Indian ambassador to the UAE, said at reception hosted by the Indian Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) to welcome him on Wednesday night.

The envoy said the first factor for India’s presence being felt on the global stage was the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s growing economy is the second factor and the world is looking to this growth story, he said.

The increasingly volatile geopolitical situations in the world demand India’s contribution and it was the third factor, Suri said. Whether in South China Sea or in the Middle East, the security situation is volatile. India is a large, democratic, transparent nation with predictable processes and mammoth military strength and acts as net contributor to the global security, he said.

The contribution of the Indian diaspora across the world has also helped India attract attention, the envoy said summing up his argument

About the fast-growing bilateral relations between the UAE and India, the ambassador said that India was eagerly waiting for the visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, as the Chief Guest at the Indian Republic Day celebrations on January 26.




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