S Jaishankar’s swipe at dominant nations

'Still a world of double standards': S Jaishankar's swipe at 'dominant' nations

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that it is still a world of “double standards” and that countries occupying positions of influence are resisting pressure to change, and historical influencers have shown these capabilities. A lot of weapons have been used.

Jaishankar was addressing a ministerial meeting titled ‘South Rising: Partnerships, Institutions and Ideas’ hosted by Observer Research Foundation, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, United Nations India and Reliance Foundation.

“I think there is more political pressure for change than political will,” he said here on Saturday.

There is a growing spirit in the world and the global south is in a way embodying it. But there is also political resistance, he said.

“Those who occupy positions of influence, we see it most in the UN Security Council, are resisting pressure to change.

Jaishankar said, “Those who are economically dominant today, who are leveraging their productivity capabilities and who have institutional influence or historical influence, have actually weaponized those capabilities as well.” “

“They will all say the right things, but the reality remains today, it’s a world of double standards,” Jaishankar said.

Covid itself was an example of that, he said, “but I think this whole transition will really be, in a sense, the global South putting more and more pressure on the international system. And, the global North… it’s not just the North. There are sections that may not think of themselves in the north, but are very resistant to change,” he said.

Jaishankar added that cultural balance essentially means recognizing the diversity of the world, respecting the diversity of the world, and giving due respect to other cultures and other traditions.

He referred to the G20 summit in Delhi earlier this month and gave the example of Jowar. He said the global South historically consumes less wheat and more sorghum.

“A lot is done in the name of the market, just as a lot is done in the name of freedom,” he said to laughter from the audience.

Respecting others’ heritage, tradition, music, literature, and lifestyle, Jaishankar said, is all part of the change the global South would like to see.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Rochira Kamboj, Reliance Foundation CEO Jagannath Kumar, UN Resident Coordinator India Shombi Sharp and ORF President Sameer Saran also addressed the event.

Joao Gomes Cravinho, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, and Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica participated in a panel discussion at the event.

Jaishankar added that with a few months left in India’s G20 presidency before Brazil takes over in December 2023, “we hope there will be some progress on reforming the international financial institutions.” Saran cited Jaishankar’s comment that “Europe’s problems are the world’s problems but the world’s problems are not Europe’s problems” and said that some people felt that Jaishankar was hard on Europe and if that was a fair assessment. Is.

“No, no, absolutely not,” Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar added that key issues that are troubling the world include debt, SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) resource mobilization, climate action resourcing, digital access, nutrition and gender.

Jaishankar said that partly because of Covid and partly because of the focus on Ukraine, “these topics were pushed out of the global conversation,” adding that “in fact the G20 has To talk about what the world wants to talk about. There was a real problem at the G20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi put it very well when he said, he asserted. That “first we talk to the people who are not going to come to the table, let’s find out what they have to say,” is why India’s Voice of Global South Summit-2023.

Hosting the Voice of Global South summit gave India “the credentials, the empirical basis to actually say, ‘We’ve spoken to 125 countries and this is really bothering them and that’s why we need to focus on these issues.’ Need to do.” PTI YAS NSA NSA

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