External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that due to PM Modi’s government efforts, India today sets the global agenda.
She told PTI, “India today sets the global agenda as opposed to before when it used to be a mute spectator on global issues. Today, when India speaks the world listens.”
She emphasized that the government has brought a paradigm shift in foreign policy.
While speaking at the launch of the book ‘The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy’ brought out by Delhi-based Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, she said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the diaspora, people back home feel proud that ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ are being chanted in a foreign land.
MEA minister Sushma Swaraj
Swaraj said that the external affair ministry, which was earlier about fancy dinners in suit and boot, is now focused on helping Indians in distress abroad.
“Today, Indians in distress abroad feel the government back home cares for them. This has raised their courage. This is another paradigm shift. PM has himself said that this ministry was about having fancy dinners wearing suit and boot. But today our embassies remain on toes,” she said.