A large majority of people in India recognise that the country’s stature in the world has risen in the last five years, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said at the Growth Net 7.0 summit held in New Delhi today.
Addressing a gathering at the seminar, Jaishankar said a “global rebalancing” is taking place and the “sharpest manifestation” of that is the rise of China and to an extent, the rise of India as well.
“A large majority of people in India recognised that India’s stature in the world has risen in the last five years,” Jaishankar said.
He said the government has kept alive and perhaps even strengthened expectation of change in India.
The government looks different from the outside than from inside, Jaishankar, who served as foreign secretary from 2015-18 said.
“We can build a closer region through regional connectivity projects,” he added.
“If we want to propel economic growth, then there is greater responsibility for Indian foreign policy to focus on the external aspect of it,” the minister said.
There is big responsibility on the External Affairs Ministry to focus on project execution which has strategic significance, he added.