Democratic countries should deliver on values enshrined in their constitutions: PM Modi at Summit for Democracy
The US President is hosting the Summit for Democracy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday emphasized the need for democratic countries to deliver on values enshrined in their constitutions.
The Prime Minister said this at the virtual plenary session of Summit for Democracy, called by US President Joe Biden. Held at a closed-door Session, it saw interventions from 12 select countries, including India.
As per sources, at the session, Prime Minister Modi outlined sensitivity, accountability, participation and reform orientation as four pillars of Indian democratic governance.
The Prime Minister 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, sources said.
The Prime Minister said the democratic spirit, including respect for rule of law and pluralistic ethos, is ingrained in Indians. “The Indian Diaspora carries it too, thereby contributing to economic well-being and social harmony of their adopted homes,” he added.
Sources said Prime Minister Modi stressed that principles of democracy should also guide global governance; and that given technology’s ability to impact democracy positively or negatively, technology companies should contribute to preserving open and democratic societies.
As the world’s largest democracy, India has always stood ready to share its experiences with fellow democracies.
The US President is hosting the virtual summit for leaders from government, civil society and the private sector to focus on challenges and opportunities facing democracies worldwide.
The summit will provide a platform to the leaders to announce individual and collective commitments, reforms and initiatives to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad, according to the US state department.