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India does not believe in a hierarchical world order: Rajnath Singh at India-Africa Defence Dialogue

Rajnath Singh invites African countries to explore Indian Defence equipment and technologies

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The Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asserted that India does not believe in a Hierarchical world order, where few countries are considered superior to others.

Defence Minister was addressing the 2nd India-Africa Defence Dialogue on 18 October, 2022. The IADD was held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Rajnath Singh invited African countries to explore Indian Defence equipment and technologies through his address.

World Order Should Be More Democratic

The Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described the Indo-African ties as multi-faceted covering economic, diplomatic and defence domains.

Highlighting the ancient Hindu ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ he said that India and Africa share a robust partnership, which is based on the cooperative framework of ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region).

He stated, “We do not believe in making or becoming a client or satellite state, and so, when we partner any nation, it is on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect. Forging relations comes naturally to India, as we work towards mutual economic development”.

He said that India wants the world order to be democratised further.

Gandhinagar Declaration 

The Gandhinagar Declaration was adopted as an outcome document of IADD 2022.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacting with the Defence Minister of Republic of Armenia, Suren Papikyan in Gandhinagar Photo Credit: Rajnath Singh Twitter

According to a Press release by the Defence Ministry, “It proposes to enhance cooperation in the field of training in all areas of mutual interest by increasing training slots and deputation of training teams, empowerment and capability building of the defence forces of Africa, participation in exercises and humanitarian assistance during natural disasters”.

The dialogue was attended by fifty African countries, which included 20 Defence Ministers, seven CDS/Service Chiefs and eight Permanent Secretaries.

The IADD is a part of Indian diplomacy of reaching out to resource-rich African nations. It can also be seen as a move to counter rising Chinese influence in the region.

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