New Delhi, July 1: President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday that there were tectonic shifts taking place in the world, not just in the realm of geopolitics and geoeconomics, and managing India’s rise in such an environment is not an easy task. “There are tectonic shifts taking place in the world, and not just in the realm of geopolitics and geoeconomics. Technology, communication and societal mores are also changing rapidly. Terrorism and non-conventional threats pose a constant challenge to our security. To manage India’s rise in such an environment is not an easy task. You have to be a master at strategic thinking, nimble-footed action and be able to quickly adapt to change,” he said. The President said that the government has a clear and well marked approach to diplomacy today and the litmus test of the country’s engagement with the external world is “what we are able to do to propel domestic growth and development”.
The President said that the Indian growth story and the government’s flagship programmes including Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Smart Cities or Start-up India, have a multi-layered connect with the external world. “As diplomats, it is part of their mandate to secure new investments, scout for appropriate technologies, create markets for Make-in-India products and bring the best of business practices to India.” The President said that engaging different states of India is a vital part of diplomacy today. (IANS)