External Affairs Minister Jaishankar also talked about the country's 75-year journey after India's

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Wednesday that instead of appeasing the countries of the world, India should interact with the world on the basis of belief in its identity. Amid mounting pressure from western countries on India to oppose Russia's attack on Ukraine, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, while displaying India's foreign policy, said in the 'Raisina Dialogue that the country needs to leave behind the thinking that it should be able to accept other countries. Countries need approval.

We should not look at the world with a sense of entitlement: Jaishankar: The capacity building should be the main focus in the region: Jaishankar

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Wednesday that instead of appeasing the countries of the world, India should interact with the world on the basis of belief in its identity. Amid mounting pressure from western countries on India to oppose Russia's attack on Ukraine, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, while displaying India's foreign policy, said in the 'Raisina Dialogue that the country needs to leave behind the thinking that it should be able to accept other countries. Countries need approval.


Jaishankar said, “We are sure of who we are. I think there is a need to interact with the world on the basis of who we are, instead of making the world happy as it is. The idea that others define us, that somewhere we need the approval of other classes, I think we need to leave that era behind.

'We need to make our place in the world'

Regarding the country's 75-year journey after India's independence and the road ahead, Jaishankar said, "We should not look at the world with a sense of entitlement. We need to make our place in the world. So let's come to this issue that what will be the benefit the world by developing India. We need to demonstrate that.” Asked what should be the country's priority in 25 years, Jaishankar said the main emphasis should be on capacity building in every sector.

'Russia-Ukraine war will have to insist on dialogue'

Referring to the Ukraine crisis, the foreign minister said the best way to deal with the conflict would be to insist on "stopping the fighting and talking". Also, India's stand on the crisis is to take any such initiative forward. Jaishankar on Tuesday opposed criticism of India's stand on Russia's military action in Ukraine, saying the Western powers have been ignorant of major challenges in Asia, including the developments in Afghanistan last year.

'The credit of democracy in the world goes to India somewhere'

Referring to India's successful democratic journey of 75 years, Jaishankar said that the choices India made have had a huge global impact. He said, "If there is a democracy at the global level today, I think somewhere the credit goes to India."

'We didn't pay that much attention to many indicators'

Jaishankar said, 'One is that clearly, we have not paid much attention to our social indicators, our human resources, as it should have been. Second, we didn't focus on manufacturing and technology as it should have. And third, in terms of foreign policy, in various ways, we have not paid as much attention to external security threats as we should have.