India can't afford to be altruistic: Tharoor

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New Delhi, Nov 11: Speaking at the 25th India Economic Summit, External Affairs Minister, Shashi Tharoor brought up the concept of 'vasudeva kutumbam" which construes world as one and asked the world to open up more windows and doors to make space for India.

“We are increasingly moving to a world of multi-alignment, where we need to participate and engage in different ways with different groups and institutions in a multi-polar environment," Tharoor said while addressing a session on 'Global Redesign- How will India Shape Future Global Cooperation?'.

He stressing on the need for new global architecture in international financial and other institutions to make space for India, which is currently at the global top table.

Speaking on global issues like Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation, and the economic crisis Tharoor made it clear that India 'cannot be altruistic at the expense of our population'.

Mr Rahul Bajaj, MP, and Chairman, Bajaj Auto; Mr Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General, and Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP; and Mr Pratap B Mehta, President and Chief Executive officer, Centre for Policy Research also spoke at the summit on India's role in shaping global cooperation.

While Mr Bajaj also stressed on 'domestic' strenght and the need to work on the India's national interests, Mr Mehta who said that the new world order would be a series of over lapping layers, added that India's contribution to global thinking would be the way it uses power with responsibility to solve global problems.

Delivering a strong message at the summit jointly organized by CII and the World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Mr Chhibber asked the 'soft power' to 'think global and act regional'.

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