External Affairs Minister (EAM) and BJP leader Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Friday, at the World Economic Forum, spoke on how the world is becoming more nationalistic. “No question that the world is more nationalistic than in the past,” the EAM said adding, “A lot of the nationalism is economic nationalism and cultural nationalism.” "When it comes to India, the country in a manner of speaking is a standout, We are an exception as we are more nationalistic," he said.
While clarifying his remarks, S Jaishankar stated, “In this country, you could say yes we are more nationalistic but at the same time, we don't see a tension between being nationalistic and being international in dealing more with the world and engaging more with the world, so nationalism is not kind of a negative sentiment directed at the world.” Jaishankar, while speaking on diplomatic relations in a nationalistic world, stated that diplomacy will take different forms wherein the old ways of working will not go away, however, he added, “Be tempered by much more creative, innovative, ad-hoc working arrangements often centring around issues rather than across the board, so the characteristics of international politics will probably change in many ways.”
The EAM said he believes that due to nationalism, a lot of multilateral regimes will come under stress, “how they survive on will depend on how they respond to that. They will come under stress partly because of this nationalism that I speak to you about and to an extent, a lot of them are also being critiqued for how well they work or don’t work, so there is kind of an audit on multilateral regimes also going on,” he said. The Minister believes such kind of an audit can sometimes take unfair directions because, “if you do a performance audit with a very self-centred, nationalistic view, then I am not sure if I would agree with the conclusions of that audit.”
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland along with Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett and legendary musician Elton John. He received the award for showing an exemplary commitment to uphold human dignity through his non-profitable Meer Foundation.