Mentions Ram Mandir, Art 370, economic reforms
New Delhi, Jan 31: The scope of India’s foreign policy has gone far beyond the “constraints of the past” and New Delhi firmly placed the country’s interests before the world even in this era of global disputes and conflicts, President DroupadiMurmu said on Wednesday.
In her address at a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament, Murmu said the successful hosting of the historic G-20 Summit strengthened India’s global standing and that the country’s efforts in making the African Union a permanent member of the bloc was widely appreciated.
The President said, today India is a leading voice in the world against terrorism.
In the backdrop of various conflicts and global turmoil, the government has established India as a ‘Vishwa-Mitra’ (friend of the world) in these difficult times, she said.
“Even in this era of global disputes and conflicts, my government has firmly placed India’s interests before the world. The scope of India’s foreign policy today has gone far beyond the constraints of the past,” she said in her first address at the new Parliament building.
Murmu said the world was introduced to the real potential of India through holding of programmes across the country and that Jammu and Kashmir and North East witnessed such big international events for the first time.
“In the last 10 years, another conventional way of thinking has been changed Earlier, events related to diplomacy were confined to the corridors of Delhi. My government has ensured direct participation of the public in this also,” she said.
“We saw a great example of this during India’s G-20 presidency. The way India connected the G-20 with the public was unprecedented,” she added.
Murmu said the whole world appreciated the historic G-20 summit held in India.
“The unanimous adoption of the Delhi Declaration even in a fractured environment is historic. India’s vision from ‘women led development’ to environmental issues has become the basis of the declaration,” she said.
The President said India’s “efforts to secure permanent membership of the African Union in the G-20 have also been appreciated.”
“During this conference, the development of India-Middle-east-Europe corridor was announced. This corridor will further strengthen India’s maritime capability,” she said.
Murmu described the launch of the Global Biofuel Alliance as a big event as such steps are expanding India’s role in solving global problems.
“Today, India responds strongly and takes initiatives for the humanity caught in crises. Wherever there is a crisis in the world today, India tries to respond promptly,” she said.
Murmu said the government has instilled new confidence in Indians working across the world.
“Wherever crisis occurred, we have evacuated every Indian safely through campaigns like Operation Ganga, Operation Kaveri, Vande Bharat,” she said.
“My government has made continuous efforts to propagate the Indian traditions of Yoga, Pranayam and Ayurveda to the entire world,” she said.
“Last year, representatives of 135 countries did yoga together at the United Nations Headquarters. This is a record in itself,” she added.
“The World Health Organization’s first Global Centre for Traditional Medicine is being established in India,” she said.
In her first address in the new Parliament building.she said that building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya had been a dream for centuries and it is a reality now.
The President said there were doubts regarding the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Those are now history. This Parliament also enacted a strict law against ‘Triple Talaq’ and also a law to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities from our neighboring countries.
She said, “My government also implemented One Rank One Pension, appointment of Chief of Defence Staff.”
She said, “According to NITI Aayog, in the last one decade of my government, about 25 crore countrymen have been lifted out of poverty. We have seen India transform from fragile five to a top five economy.”
The President said that India’s exports have increased from about 450 billion dollars to more than 775 billion dollars. FDI flows have doubled. The number of people filing Income Tax Return has increased from about 3.25 crores to about 8.25 crores. start-ups in the country have grown to more than one lakh today. In December 2017, 98 lakh people used to pay GST, today their number is 1 crore 40 lakh.
She said that the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act will ensure the right to representation to tribals there. India’s defence production has crossed one lakh crore rupees. The country has the indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, combat aircraft Tejas, manufacturing of C-295 transport aircraft is going to take place in India. Defence corridors are being developed in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The space sector has been opened for young start-ups.