Modi asks Indian diplomatic corps to ‘shed old mindsets’

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on February 07, 2015

Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indian diplomats to “shed old mindsets” and help the country position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force globally.

Noting that there were new “actors” and new “threats” to global peace and prosperity, he told India’s top diplomats from nearly 120 missions that India had a great responsibility in helping the world counter these challenges.

“The present global environment represents a rare opportunity, when the world is keen to embrace India, and India is moving forward with confidence,” Modi said and asked them to use this unique opportunity to help India position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force, globally.

The Prime Minister asked the diplomats to “shed old mindsets” and said they should be quick to adapt to changing global situations, according to an official release here.

Inaugurating a four-day “Heads of Indian Missions” conference with the theme ‘Diplomacy with development’, Modi said India must take the lead in countering challenge of climate change, and also work for a change in global attitudes towards the challenges of climate change.

Describing the diplomats as “shining vibrant representatives” (tejasvi, jeevant anshpunj) of India’s glorious heritage, Modi emphasised the role of “Heads of Missions” in projecting India to the world.

He also asked the diplomats, who included envoys from the consulates, to work ceaselessly and with a clear mind on India’s development priorities and to advance India’s interests abroad.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her junior minister V K Singh, and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar were among those present on the occasion.

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Published on February 07, 2015
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