World development talks can’t occur amongst few, larger desk should: PM

New Delhi, December 21

Asserting that growth patterns must follow a human-centric approach, PM Narendra Modi on Monday said discussions on global growth cannot happen only among a few as the “table must be bigger” and the agenda broader.

The PM’s remarks at the sixth Indo-Japan Samvad Conference assume significance as it comes at a time when India has been pushing for reformed multilateralism at the UN and other global fora, calling for representation reflecting contemporary realities. Modi said hostility would never achieve peace and in the past, humanity took the path of confrontation instead of collaboration. “From imperialism to the world wars. From the arms race to the space race. We had dialogues, but they were aimed at pulling others down. Now, let us rise together,” Modi said.

Lord Buddha’s teachings command the strength to turn the discourse from enmity to empowerment and his teachings also make us large-hearted, the PM said.

“Buddha’s teachings tell us: Learn from the past and work towards a better future,” he said. — PTI

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