External Affairs Minister of India S. Jaishankar addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. At the 77th annual session of the UN, the External Affairs Minister lauded India’s economic development in the last 75 years. Here he said that colonialism had made India one of the poorest countries, but today India is the fifth largest economy in the world.
S Jaishankar said, “In the 18th century, India was about a quarter of the global GGP. By the middle of the 20th century, colonialism ensured that we were one of the poorest countries, but in the 75th year of independence, India proudly stands before you as the 5th largest economy in the world.
He said, “Digital technology has successfully advanced the food safety net in recent times. More than $300 billion of benefits have been distributed digitally, over 400 million people are regularly fed and we have More than 2 billion have been vaccinated.
The External Affairs Minister spoke of India’s faith in the United Nations and its Charter and said, “India is committed to strengthen its partnership with the United Nations to ensure a brighter future for the planet. But have full faith. In our eyes today the world is one family.”
He said that India believes that development is public interest and open sourcing is the best way forward. The United Nations can prove to be a great help in advancing the SDGs by aggregating global knowledge.