India’s civilizational ethos is one of the original sources of democracy, says PM; To deliver India’s national statement at US organised-Summit for Democracy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver India’s national statement at the first Summit for Democracy this evening. Yesterday, the Prime Minister participated in the Summit at the invitation of United States President Joe Biden. In his remarks, Prime Minister Modi recalled that exactly on this date 75 years ago, India’s Constituent Assembly had held its first session. He highlighted India’s civilizational ethos as one of the original sources of democracy. Mr. Modi said that the democratic spirit, including respect for rule of law and pluralistic ethos, is ingrained in Indians. He added that the Indian Diaspora carries it too and contributes to the economic well-being and social harmony of their adopted homes. The Prime Minister emphasized the need for democratic countries to deliver on values enshrined in their constitutions. He also outlined sensitivity, accountability, participation, and reform orientation as four pillars of Indian democratic governance. He stressed that principles of democracy should also guide global governance.

Sources said, as a special gesture, Prime Minister Modi was invited to participate in the main Leaders’ Plenary Session hosted by the US President. The virtual summit envisages the participation of leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. Sources said this closed-door Session saw interventions from 12 select countries, including India.

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