Speaking on the International Day of Democracy at the international webinar ‘Independent India @ 75: Democracy Traditions” carried out by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), Jaishankar said: “It is fitting that the International Day of Democracy is commemorated with particular enthusiasm in the world’s largest and most energetic democracy. After all, for India, democracy was not just a choice we made in 1947, but a way of life long before. Few societies can compare with the pluralism that has been our historical characteristic. ”
India has a long tradition of representative government. About 2,500 years ago, the Lichchhavi Republics it had developed a consultative and democratic governance process. Similarly, village panchayats with delegates gathered for a kind of large local assembly were an established custom in the Chola era of the 10th century, he said.
In this regard, Jaishankar added: “Forms of voting and representative government have a long tradition in India. Indeed, in many regions there were variations of community-based exercise of rights and responsibilities and broad participation. of our inherent attributes of transparency, diversity and pluralism. ”
He also emphasized the electoral process in India. Every five years, a general election in India sets a new record for the world’s largest festival of its kind.
“Contemporary India’s sense of pride in its electoral democracy is visible. We contrast the vigor and credibility of our systems with those who have rejected such exercises as well as those who practice them imperfectly. an individual even among and economically disadvantaged voters, or perhaps more among them, is a statement of how precious and hard-earned this privilege remains, “said Jaishankar.
He also warned about the quality and morality of democracy and said it is beyond numbers. He said: “A true reflection of society in its elected representatives is what gives real strength to any democracy. And that is what we see in India today.”
In addition, he emphasized the provision of services to the people by an efficient democratic nation. “Democracy is not simply incomplete without delivery; this can even affect its credibility. Whether it is by providing access to toilets, electricity and running water, or in the near universalization of bank accounts, democratic media are now achieving democratic ends. Equality of those the vote must necessarily coexist with the equity of human dignity, ”added Jaishankar.
Speaking about the symbiosis of India’s trajectory to influence global travel, he said: “As India rises and its capacities and capabilities grow, it will naturally contribute more to the world. A civilizational state resurfaces on the world stage and will based on its heritage it will obviously create its own footprint. In a truly democratic world, such an India will be more India than more Western. Its development model and its acceptance of broader responsibilities will draw even more attention to the prominence of its model. ”
“As a full-blooded member of the Global South, as a system that intersects so much with the West, and as a political entity with a unique flavor, India’s trajectory is sure to influence global travel. Remember that as India becomes in “Increasingly democratic, democracy will also become increasingly Indian, both in its sensitivity and in its texture. The International Day of Democracy is the ideal occasion to discuss, appreciate and celebrate this symbiosis, “said the Foreign Minister.
He thanked Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, ICCR President, for organizing a webinar on “Independent India @ 75: Democratic Traditions”.
In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly resolved to observe September 15 as the International Day of Democracy, with the purpose of promoting and defending the principles of democracy.