From Being the first Indian PM to miss Non-Alignment summit to addressing the first e-Non-Alignment Movement summit, Prime minister Modi has ushered a new era in India Foreign Policy.
Speaking at a virtual Non-Aligned Movement Summit through Video Conferencing this evening, the Prime Minister said that the Non-Aligned Movement can help promote global solidarity and it must remain inclusive. He mentioned that the humanity is facing a major crisis in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and NAM can contribute in dealing with it, the world needs a new template of globalisation post COVID-19 based on fairness, equality and humanity.
During this crisis India has shown how democracy, discipline and decisiveness can come together to create a genuine people’s movement. He added that Indian civilization sees the whole world as one family and while caring for its own citizens, New Delhi is also extending help to other countries.
India is regarded as the pharmacy of the world especially for affordable medicines and despite its own needs during COVID 19 pandemic, it has ensured supply of medicines to 123 partner countries including 59 NAM members. He also said the country is active in global efforts to develop remedies and vaccines for COVID-19.
NAM represents one of the largest groupings outside the United Nations and is described as one of founding pillars of Indian foreign policy. It gives India the opportunity to handle its own affairs without considering umbrellas of any other global powerhouse. NAM reflects India’s freedom to take decisions at the Global stage.
After being elected to office, the PM has ignored NAM and had not participated in any of its summits. Many cited NAM has Nehru’s chief linchpin as one of the reasons of Indian Prime Minister’s silence on the Summit’s grouping.
Relevance of NAM was being discussed and one of the chief relevance is its numerical strength and pan coverage of communities which India can help to bolster its image and help achieve its fundamentals of foreign policy. It can help India showcase its case against the Pakistani Government which PM even hinted at. He revealed that even as the world is fighting COVID-19 crisis, some people are busy spreading other deadly viruses like terrorism, fake news, doctored videos to divide communities and countries.
Further Attempts must be made to harness the capabilities of NAM in order to fulfil our national interest.