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35 Powerful Quotes Of Dr. S Jaishankar That Will Make You Feel Dazzled

Dr. S Jaishankar Quotes

Dr. S Jaishankar is always in the news for his tough responses on geopolitical issues. He is a true visionary and with his brave attitude, has never failed to put forward the bold and fearless side of New India to the world. He has portrayed that India's rise is not a threat to anyone. It is an opportunity for all. It is a source of stability, not instability.

It was in the year 2015 when he learned of his appointment as India's foreign secretary, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had two days left before his retirement. 

Four years later, he made political history by becoming the first foreign secretary to hold the position of India's External Affairs Minister and take on a political role without having ever participated in active politics. He was later elected from the state of Gujarat after he was appointed External Affairs Minister.

Politician and diplomat Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was born in India on January 9, 1955.  S. Jaishankar graduated in Chemistry from St. Stephen's College at the University of Delhi after completing his education at The Air Force School in Subroto Park, New Delhi. He holds an M. Phil. and an MA in political science. He served as India's ambassador to the US, China, and the Czech Republic before entering Indian politics. He held several important positions, including the High Commissioner to Singapore (2007–09). Additionally, Jaishankar was a key player in the negotiations for the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

Here are 35 quotes from Dr. S Jaishankar, India's External Affairs Minister that will make you feel dazzled by his fearless attitude.

  1. "The world is not stupid, the world is not forgetful and the world does increasingly call out countries, organizations, and people who indulge in terrorism, and by taking that debate elsewhere you are not going to hide it." This is the famous quote he gave in response to a question by a Pakistani Journalist.
  2. "One country would do terrorism but if the other country responds, it is called the danger of war." When the world was worried that there was a possibility of a Third World War due to the stance adopted by India on its borders.
  3. "Everybody knows where and against whom it is used. You're not fooling anybody by saying these things. Countries finally make their choices based on their own interests." Jaishankar responded to the media when the US decided to supply F-16s to Pakistan.
  4. "When oil prices go up, I think it's natural for countries to go out in the market and look for what are good deals for their people." Dr. S Jaishankar said this while defending the decision of India for buying Russian oil.
  5. "The question of justifying what the world regards as unacceptable should never arise. That applies to state sponsorship of cross-border terrorism, nor can hosting Osama Bin Laden and attacking a neighboring Parliament serve as credentials to sermonize before this council" S Jaishankar presenting India's view of terrorism and reforms in UN Council.
  6. "Europe has to grow out of the mindset that Europe's problems are the World's problem but the World's problems are not Europe's problems." Jaishankar's response to arm twisting by the west when it tried to force its stand on India about the Ukraine war. 
  7. "Do not worry, Senator. One democracy will settle it and you know which one.” - S Jaishankar responded to US Senator Lindsey Graham at Munich Security Conference who said he hoped 'two democracies' will end the Kashmir
  8. "India is a reliable neighbor, a trustworthy partner, one who is prepared to go the extra mile when Sri Lanka feels the need. We will stand by Sri Lanka in this hour of need and are confident that it will overcome the challenges it faces" Dr. S Jaishankar during the Sri Lankan crisis.
  9. "We have been very clear that we will not normalize and rationalize terrorism. We want good neighborly relations with everybody. But good neighborly relations do not mean excusing, looking away, or rationalizing terrorism. That we are very clear". This was said by S Jaishankar in Nicosia while interacting with the Indian expatriates in an apparent response to Pakistan on expressing its desire for good relations but also asking India to show “seriousness” in having a dialogue to resolve outstanding issues, including Kashmir.
  10. "We have - as you know - a substantial inventory of Russian and Soviet-origin weapons. And that inventory grew for a variety of reasons. Not just for the merits of the weapons, but also because, over multiple decades, the western countries did not supply weapons to India." - S Jaishankar quoted as the West continues to question Russia over its offensive in Ukraine.
  11. "I think we all - in international politics - deal with what we have. We make judgments reflective of our future interests and current situation." Dr. S Jaishankar boldly supports Russian imports in the interest of India. 
  12. "I think we should take a stand and I think we should choose a side and that is our side." Dr. S Jaishankar is being asked if India can take a stand and choose a side. Dr. S Jaishankar at Raisina Dialogue 2019.
  13. "Beyond the traditional areas of cooperation, we have entered the digital age with its own opportunities. The area of fintech needs to be explored." Dr. S Jaishankar quoted as China was displaying its military might in the pivotal Indo-Pacific region.
  14. "Just because I don't agree with you, does not make me sitting on fence. It means I am sitting on my ground." Dr. S. Jaishankar schooled the interviewer at GlobSec 2022 Bratislava Forum when she asked that "sitting on the fence is not an option to be a world leader".
  15. "You have expressive nationalism, I mean very identity-driven, which shaped each other a lot of that in the Middle East."
  16. "Here is the difference, nationalism has a certain connotation in Europe, which is not necessarily positive, but I think in Asia, nationalism is seen very much as a sort of natural corollary to economic progress, almost like you're independent, you progress, you are prosperous and nationalism comes with all of that." According to S. Jaishankar, in a debate on Nationalism in India.
  17. "It wasn’t possible to stop communication between militants without an impact on all of Kashmir. How do I cut off communication between the terrorists and their masters on the one hand, but keep the internet open for other people? I would be delighted to know.” Jaishankar said in an interview with the Politico newspaper in Brussels.
  18. "We would not accept any country telling us who to buy weapons from and who not to buy from," said Dr. S Jaishankar in the same interview.
  19. "Terror and talks can't go hand in hand" Dr. S. Jaishankar reiterated India's stand on terrorism. 
  20. "There is an issue of what the U.S. expect abroad and what the U.S. give at home. I think there's a reconciliation there that needs to be done." during preliminary discussions to resolve differing interpretations of diplomatic immunity following the spat over Devyani Khobragade.
  21. "We can determine our strategic part or strategic options, but the strategic framework is something that will evolve from the interaction of world powers with each other." Dr. S Jaishankar at Council on Foreign Relations in a conversation.
  22. "The United States has had an eighteen-year military commitment in Afghanistan, and frankly, I can't think of any country other than the United States which is even capable of such a commitment." in the same conversation.
  23. "If you trade with someone and they are your biggest trading partner, it is impossible you don't have trade issues." Dr. S Jaishankar was quoted during the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's visit to India.
  24. "India supports a rule-based order in Asia, as in the rest of the world. But we confront unavoidable challenges such as terrorism, conflicts, transnational crimes, and maritime threats." Dr. S. Jaishankar cited in his speech at the 5th CICA Summit 2019 in Tajikistan's Dushanbe.
  25. "Because you are a diplomat, doesn't mean you are untruthful. I could use much harsher words than epicenter, so believe me, considering what has been happening to us, I think epicenter is a very diplomatic word," Jaishankar said in an interview at Austria's ZIB2 podcast.

To give light on the shifting political situations and conventions around the world, Dr. S. Jaishankar wrote a book - "The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World". In this book Dr. S Jaishankar makes references to the evolution of bilateral and multilateral foreign affairs from an era of agreements to one of the convergences, signaling a sea change in how modern international interactions are conducted.

The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World

The India Way, Strategies for an uncertain world

By S. Jaishankar, India's Minister of External Affairs

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The reader can recognize important factors that affect and influence the dynamic interplay between state players, which in turn determines the course and result of current politics, thanks to the Foreign Minister's wisdom and diplomatic experience. He also offers a forward view of India's political posture in international settings and outlines a plan for how India might fulfill its potential in the years to come. He also outlines the different difficulties New Delhi will face and suggests legislative remedies to address them.

Below are some quotes from the book - "The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World"

  1. "The ethos of the Indian Ocean is a consultative one and in the long run, it is the people-centric initiatives and projects that are likely to be more sustainable."
  2. "Asia is being shaped largely by the outlook of the US, the power of China, the weight of Russia, the collectivism of ASEAN, the volatility of the Middle East, and the rise of India." 
  3. "It was reassuring for these nations to see how staunchly India stood by them during the corona pandemic."
  4. Today, there is a new geopolitical challenge – the emergence of multipolarity. 
  5. "If connectivity is not to acquire sharp strategic meaning, then there must be credible assurances that projects are not used to exert influence."
  6. "India’s multi-faith society is also an enormous contribution to global stability. In fact, that is what acts as a firewall preventing the spread of fundamentalism and radicalism from India’s West to its East." 
  7. "After all, 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' does coexist with 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the world is a family)."
  8. "By going the extra mile to provide medicines to more than 120 nations, two-thirds of them as grants, a clear message of internationalism was sent."
  9. "The efficiency of others, instead of spurring competitiveness, has actually led to putting off further reforms."
  10. "South Asia is clearly among the least integrated regions of the world and being located at the center of the Indian Ocean, its dysfunctionality affects that larger space directly."
India's foreign policy has evolved tremendously because of Dr. S Jaishankar. A more proactive Indian reaction to regional concerns is also being seen by the world. New Delhi took the lead in establishing the regional strategy for South Asia's reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, providing its neighbors with vital supplies of medications (eventually spreading globally) and later with vaccines on a humanitarian basis.

Dr. S Jaishankar has been instrumental in putting forward the distinctly bold face of India to the world. India is now growing towards becoming one of the global superpowers. Through his book, he has attempted to make the world understand the new India, which is now a new multi-aligned, multi-polar country that is too complex and confusing for western politicians and commentators to attempt to understand.

These quotes were a great reminder of the power of words to shape thought and action, and how every word matters. Change starts with one person. Do your part; share this piece with your friends!

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