India Is The Mother Of Democracy, Says PM Modi In Summit With Biden, South Korean President
At the virtual summit, PM Narendra Modi said India has become the fastest-growing major economy despite many global challenges and this proves that democracy can deliver.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (March 29, 2023) addressed the 'Summit For Democracy' and described India as the mother of democracy. In his virtual address, PM Modi also said that India has become the fastest-growing major economy despite many global challenges and this proves that democracy can deliver. Speaking during the 'Leader-level Plenary on Democracy Delivering Economic Growth and Shared Prosperity' session hosted by South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, and co-hosted by US President Joe Biden, Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema, and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, he said the idea of elected leaders was a common feature in ancient India long before the rest of the world.
"In our ancient epic, Mahabharata, the first duty of citizens is described as choosing their own leader. Our sacred Vedas, speak of political power being exercised by broad-based consultative bodies. There are also many historical references to Republic states in ancient India, where the rulers were not hereditary. India is, indeed, the mother of democracy," he said.
Democracy is not just a structure, it is also a spirit, Modi said and added that it is based on the belief that the needs and aspirations of every human being are equally important.
That is why, in India, our guiding philosophy is "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas", meaning "striving together for inclusive growth", he added.
"Whether it is our effort to fight climate change through lifestyle changes, to conserve water through distributed storage, or provide clean cooking fuel to everyone, every initiative is powered by the collective efforts of the citizens of India," the Indian PM said.
He stated that during Covid-19, India's response was people-driven.
"It is they who made it possible to administer over 2 billion doses of Made in India vaccines. Our 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative shared millions of vaccines with the world," he said.
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"This was also guided by the democratic spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' - One Earth, One Family, One Future," Modi added.
"There is much to say about the virtues of democracy, but let me say just this: India, despite the many global challenges, is the fastest-growing major economy today. This itself is the best advertisement for democracy in the world. This itself says that Democracy Can Deliver," he concluded.