Following his strong pushback against Europe on India’s ties with Russia, foreign minister S Jaishankar once again justified India’s position on the Ukraine crisis, saying India’s choices and positions are best placed to advance the goal of ending the conflict and returning to the dialogue table.
In a message again aimed at the West, Jaishankar said at the Raisina Dialogue 2022 in Delhi that it’s better to engage the world on the basis of “who we are” rather than try and please the world as a “pale imitation of what they are”.
“We have to be confident about who we are. This idea that others define us, somehow we need to get the approval of other quarters, I think that is an era we need to put behind us,” he said. His remarks are significant also in the context of PM Modi’s visit to Europe next week.