Modi to Build Brand BRICS to Counter Al­le­ga­tion of US Tilt

Delhi plans to de­velop its re­la­tions with other UNSC per­ma­nent mem­bers

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Naren­dra Modi’s fourth visit to the USA in two years not­with­stand­ing In­dia is pulling out all stops to build Brand BRICS as it plans to hostaseriesof key­fo­rum­sand­meets out­side the na­tional cap­i­tal to pop­u­larise this group­ing of ma­jor economies in the run-up to the 8th edi­tion of the sum­mit in mid-Oc­to­ber in Goa.

Even as it puts in place a ro­bust part­ner­ship with Wash­ing­ton that would get ad­di­tional mo­men­tum with Modi’s pro­posed visit to USA in June, Delhi is con­scious to equally de­velop its re­la­tions with other UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil per­ma­nent mem­bers — Rus­sia and China and emerg­ing pow­ers South Africa and Brazil — in what can be de­scribed as an ex­er­cise to counter the ar­gu­ment of Delhi’s pro-US tilt.

With this goal in mind, the Modi govern­ment has planned a plethora of fo­rums, work­shops and meets be­yond the na­tional cap­i­tal across sec­tors in­clud­ing sports, well­ness, women and youth power, dig­i­tal world and star­tups and ur­ban­i­sa­tion, to name a few.

Of­fi­cial sources fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ments told ET that the idea is to pop­u­larise a ma­jor for­eign pol­icy con­cept across the country.

“This is the vi­sion of the PM as he is keen to in­crease the stakes of In­dian states in a ma­jor for­eign pol­icy fo­rum. Modi’s em­pha­sis is on build­ing the brand BRICS that also helps in brand­ingIn­dia’sstrength­sand­di­ver­sity,” quipped a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ments.

In­dia last hosted BRICS Sum­mit in 2012 in Delhi.

Be­ing held on Oc­to­ber 15-16 in Goa, this is the first oc­ca­sion when BRICS or for that mat­ter a global sum­mit is be­ing held out­side In­dia’s na­tional cap­i­tal on the lines pre­vi­ous sum­mits be­ing held in lesser-known cities of Rus­sia, China and Brazil. The Modi govern­ment has drawn up­anam­bi­tiousagen­daa­headof the sum­mit that will see par­tic­i­pa­tion of ex­perts, of­fi­cials and civil so­ci­ety mem­bers­fro­ma­ll­fourother­mem­ber states of the group­ing. Re­spec­tive stat­e­gov­ern­mentswill­bepart­ner­ing the cen­tre in host­ing the fo­rums and con­claves, of­fi­cials pointed out.

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