Speaking at the 'India and the World' session of the World Economic Forum in New Delhi on Friday, October 4, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar expressed his desire for the country’s foreign policy to have a bigger footprint. He added that India would like to see its interests in the neighbourhood secured.
He said, “I will certainly like to see Indian Foreign policy to have a bigger footprint. To see it much more influential in determining the outcomes of global issues to obviously see our interests and influence secured in our immediate periphery and beyond.”
The Foreign Minister linked the preparation of the foreign policy to the nation’s growing economy. He mentioned the challenges faced by India to make up for missed opportunities in the past. Jaishankar revealed that he had attempted to prepare a launching pad for such a foreign policy.
“But at the end of the day, we are very conscious that we are preparing for foreign policy for a country which within a decade will be the third-largest economy, which carries a lot of burdens in the past, in the sense that you know, we missed a lot of opportunities in the past, beginning with 1945- when the global order was fashioned. So how do you, make up for all those things lost in the past? And how do you make up for things that await you? So, it will require a lot of thinking through a lot of imagination and a lot of energy and I tried to at least prepare a launching pad for it,” he opined.