New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India is the mother of democracy, adding that the idea of elected leaders was a common feature in ancient India, long before the rest of the world.
India is, indeed, the mother of democracy. The idea of elected leaders was common in ancient India, long before the rest of the world. In our ancient epic, Mahabharata, citizens’ first duty is choosing their own leader,” PM Modi said at the leader-level plenary of the second Summit for Democracy.
PM Modi said: “Our sacred Vedas, speak of political power being exercised by broad-based consultative bodies. There are also many historical references to Republic states in ancient India, where the rulers were not hereditary.”
“Democracy is not just a structure; it is also a spirit. It is based on the belief that the needs and aspirations of every human being are equally important. That is why, in India, our guiding philosophy is ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’, meaning ”striving together for inclusive growth,” he added.
“Whether it is our effort to fight climate change through life-style changes, to conserve water through distributed storage, or provide clean cooking fuel to everyone, every initiative is powered by the collective efforts of the citizens of India,” PM Modi said.
This year’s multi-day Summit for Democracy is being co-hosted by Biden, as well as the leaders of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Zambia. After an introduction on Wednesday, Biden will lead a virtual summit event in Washington that is focused on democracy delivering on global challenges, CNN reported.