India has expressed serious concern over growing disconnect in the present highly ‘inter-connected’ world and called for intensified collective global effort to address basic problems like poverty and inequality.
Stating this, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday noted that technological and scientific advances
and expansion of knowledge had thrown up new challenges like cyber security, terrorism, nuclear and
chemical warfare, threatening human existence.
Elaborating on contemporary issues seeking solutions, he said, “Corruption, discrimination, exploitation,
violence and violation of basic human rights continue to erode social fabric across the world. These evils
and perceptions of exploitation and failure of established governance systems lead to unrest, anger,
rebellion and extremism. The sooner we effectively address these issues, the better will be our collective
Outlining India’s vision for resolving current global challenges India, he said, New Delhi was seeking a new
world order and action based on the country’s ancient wisdom and values that advocated harmonious
existence and common good. He was speaking to the Ambassadors of different countries and students
in Panama City on Thursday on the theme ‘In search of a more Representative and Relevant World Order’.
Quoting extensively from ancient Indian sages and the Vedas, Mr Naidu said India always firmly believed
in peaceful and harmonious co-existence including with nature and these core principles hold the key
for resolving current global challenges through collective action for shared benefits. He quoted from ‘Prithvi
Suktam’ which said “May out interactions among ourselves and Mother Earth be harmonious” and also
referred to the Vedas to highlight the message “Let peace flow over the whole universe”.
Later in the day, Mr Naidu arrived in the Peruvian capital of Lima after visiting Guatemala and Panama for two
The Vice President told the Ambassadors “In the world order we want, the power and responsibilities are
shared, opinions and voices are respected and wealth and earth’s resources are shared”. He stressed that
no country or group of countries should influence or control global decision making and this warranted
immediate reform of the United Nations system to ensure more representative decision making on major
Mr Naidu said, “India seeks balanced pursuit of national interests while also upholding the broader duties and
values mandated by our membership of the comity of nations which shall form the core of the new and reformed
World Order we all must establish”.
Ambassadors of about 40 countries to Panama later interacted with him and appreciated the major initiatives
and their implementation by the central government and the fast growing Indian economy.