The Prime Minister of India attended the BRICS summit level virtual meeting on the 17th of November, where he pushed the issue of terrorism and concerns regarding the states responsible for promoting terror. Narendra Modi asked the attendants, which also included Xi Jinping, to act against the nations that promote terrorism. Clearly, Narendra Modi was referring to Pakistan, an all-weather ally of China.
Throwing light on the strategy which has been agreed upon by the grouping of five nations to combat terrorism, PM said, “We are happy that the BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy has been finalized during the chairmanship of Russia. This is an important achievement. And India will pursue this task further during its presidency.”
PM Modi highlighted that BRICS member states managed to maintain momentum even in times of global pandemics. Stating the theme of this year’s summit – ‘BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth’ as “relevant” and “visionary”, the Indian PM said, “Significant geostrategic changes are taking place in the world, which will continue to have an impact on stability, security, and growth, and BRICS will play an important role in these three areas.”
India has been a firm supporter of multilateralism as a founding member of the UN. India’s commitment to the UN values has remained unshaken – India has lost the most valiant soldiers in peacekeeping operations. But today the multilateral system is going through a crisis.
The international forums need severe reforms to match with the new realities of the world. It should be realized by the world powers that in the 21st century there are new alliances and threats which need to tackled more innovatively and the world forums with their old setup are becoming redundant in making effective moves on these issues. BRICS can be an answer to some of the issues.
BRICS also holds special importance for India as it needs their support for its claim in the UN for the permanent seat of the security council. All the countries together reside more than 42% of the world’s population and for a growing economy like India, it is a huge opportunity. Especially, with the slogan of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant India should be very keen for good growing market opportunities, and South Africa, as well as Brazil, can be a few of them. At the same time, they can help India in penetrating the African as well as the Latin American market.