India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Thursday said that "India needs a strong, stable and decisive government for the next 10 years". Speaking at Sardar Patel Memorial lecture, Mr. Doval emphasized upon the 'rule of law'. He said:
"India needs a strong, stable and decisive government for the next 10 years. Weak coalitions will be bad for India. We are not governed by people's representative, but by the laws made by them, therefore the rule of law is extremely important".
Taking about National interest, the National Security Advisor said that there are internal forces that are trying to erode the nation.
"Forces within trying to erode nation", he said.
"The populist measures shouldn't take precedence over national requirements. It is a temptation that is you take the thing or you refrain from doing the thing which is in the national interest. But probably for a short time, they may cause some pain to the people", he added.
Furthermore, he commended the government for taking an initiative to digitalize India and said:
"Government digitization initiative is a big game changer. However, false narratives can lead to tensions."
Mr. Doval then specifically spoke about how India needs to be technologically ahead in order to become a major power.
"If we have to become a major power then our economy has to be big, it has to be globally competitive and that can be only when it is technologically ahead"
Citing the example of Chinese multinational conglomerate Alibaba, he said that Indian firms should also promote the country's strategic interests.
"See how China's Alibaba and others have become big companies, how much Chinese govt has supported them. We want the Indian pvt sector companies should perform and promote Indian strategic interest", he said.