Principles of democracy should guide global governance: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday stressed that the principles of democracy should also guide global governance, and that given technology’s ability to impact democracy positively or negatively, tech companies should contribute to preserving open and democratic societies.

PM Modi made the remarks at the first Summit for Democracy, hosted by President Joe Biden.

He also emphasized the need for democratic countries to deliver on values enshrined in their constitutions.

Participating in the Leaders’ Plenary Session, PM Modi outlined sensitivity, accountability, participation and reform orientation, as four pillars of the Indian democratic governance, said sources.

As a special gesture, PM Modi was invited to participate in the main Leaders’ Plenary Session hosted by President Biden. This closed-door Session saw interventions from 12 select countries, including India.

In his remarks, PM Modi also recalled that exactly on this date 75 years ago, India’s Constituent Assembly had held its first session. He highlighted India’s civilizational ethos as one of the original sources of democracy.

PM Modi said that the democratic spirit, including respect for rule of law and pluralistic ethos, is ingrained in Indians. The Indian Diaspora carries it too, thereby contributing to economic wellbeing and social harmony of their adopted homes, the sources added.

The second Leaders’ Plenary Session was hosted by President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Tomorrow, PM Modi will deliver India’s national statement, which will be open to the public.

This virtual Summit envisages participation of leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. It comprises numerous activities in different formats, details of which may be seen on the US State Department website.

As the world’s largest democracy, India has commended this innovative initiative. India has always stood ready to share its experiences with fellow democracies. (UNI)

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