New York: The External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, said that India must invent a new and unique developmental path and cannot replicate the model of China or Europe. He said that the developmental model of India captures the Sustainable Developmental Goals.
S. Jaishankar said, “We are very hopeful that in the next five years, there will be a very visible change in human development indices of India…Ensuring universal health coverage, housing and literacy. These are the goals which are captured by the SDGs.”
He added, “There will be some very unique development challenges because there are set models that are no precedents that India can follow in this path. India cannot replicate China and Europe. It has to invent a development path for itself which will be a kind of a very mixed complex developmental model.”
Jaishankar reminded his audience that in the past five years India had witnessed socio-economic changes such as growth of awareness, literacy, changes in gender gap, skills, and connectivity.
He added that India of 2019 is very different from the India of 2014.
The Minister also said that Narendra Modi is a symbol of credible change in the country and people think that something discernible happened in past five years. That is why they continue trust Modi as an agent of change.
Jaishankar also met with foreign ministers of Japan, Germany, and Brazil before attending the interactive session.