India should emerge in a leading role globally: PM

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New Delhi, Feb 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said India should position itself in a "leading" role globally rather than just remain a "balancing force".

"The present global environment represents a rare opportunity, when the world is keen to embrace India, and India is moving forward with confidence," Modi said addressing heads of Indian missions from across the world.

India must not act as 'balancing force'

He urged them to use this unique opportunity to help India position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force, globally.

Commenting on the conflicts in the 21st century, the prime minister said there were new "actors" and new "threats" to global peace and prosperity, and added that India, which always stood for peace and the brotherhood of the world had a great responsibility in helping the world counter these challenges to peace.

Urging the heads of the mission to shed old mindsets, he said they should be quick to adapt to changing global situations.

Emphasising the role of heads of missions in projecting India to the world, Modi described them as "shining vibrant representatives" of India's glorious heritage.

He asked them to work ceaselessly and with a clear mind, on India's development priorities, and to advance India's interests abroad.

On the challenge of climate change, he said protecting the environment is part of India's cultural heritage, and therefore, India must take the lead in countering this challenge, and also work towards a change in global attitudes towards the challenges of climate change.

IANS

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