Colonialism ended, but colonial mindset exists: PM takes swipe at developed nations
New Delhi, Nov 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that today no nation directly exists as a colony to any other nation, but it doesn't mean that colonial mindset has ended.
Speaking at a Constitution Day celebration event organised by the Supreme Court at Vigyan Bhawan, he said, "We are seeing that this mindset is giving rise to many distortions. The most obvious example of this is seen in the obstacles faced by us in the development journey of developing countries.
Taking a dig at the developed nations which have been trying to persuade India to reduce carbon emissions, PM Modi said, "Attempts are made to shut the path and resources for developing nations through which developed nations reached where they are today. In past decades, a web of different terminologies was spun for this. But the aim has always been one to stop the progress of developing nations."
PM Modi said, "The issue of the environment is also being attempted to be hijacked for this purpose. We saw an example of this in the recent COP26 Summit. If we talk of absolute cumulative emissions, developed nations have caused 15% more emissions than India since 1850 to date."
The Prime Minister said that India is the only country in the process of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement ahead of time. And yet, in the name of the environment, various pressures are created on India. All this is the result of a colonial mentality. He said, "Unfortunately due to such a mentality, obstacles are put in the development of our own country. Sometimes in the name of freedom of expression and sometimes with the help of something else", he claimed.
The PM added that this colonial mindset is a big obstacle in further strengthening the determination that was created in the freedom movement. "We have to remove it. And for this, our biggest strength, our biggest inspiration, is our Constitution", he said.
Constitution Day is celebrated on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India.
The Prime Minister remarked that both the government and the judiciary are born out of the womb of the Constitution. Hence, both are twins. These two have come into existence only because of the constitution. So, from a broader point of view, the two complement each other even while being different.
He underlined the importance of the concept of separation of power and said that, in the Amrit Kaal, there is need to show collective resolve within the spirit of the Constitution as the common man deserves more than what he has currently. "On the strong foundation of separation of power, we have to pave the path of collective responsibility, create a roadmap, determine goals and take the country to its destination," he added.