International Relations

The Importance of the Raisina Dialogue

According to the Foreign Secretary, the Raisina Dialogue is currently one of the most important global level think tank meetings in the world.

What exactly is Raisina Dialogue?

  • Flagship Geopolitical Meeting: The Raisina Dialogue, established in 2016, has emerged as India’s premier forum for discussions on global geopolitics and geoeconomics.
  • The Raisina Dialogue is hosted by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank that interacts with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The Beginning of the Dialogue

  • The Raisina Dialogue is a prominent global-level think tank gathering that facilitates cross-sectoral debates on geopolitics and geoeconomics.
  • Global Participation: The Raisina Dialogue provides as a forum for policymakers, chiefs of state, cabinet ministers, local officials, private sector executives, media representatives, and academics to engage.
  • Dialogue Inspired by Shangri-La: Raisina Dialogue, modelled after Singapore’s Shangri-La Dialogue, facilitates multi-stakeholder talks on critical global issues.

Political support for the discourse

  • Participation: The Prime Minister’s attendance and address at the 2016 Raisina Dialogue represented a watershed moment, boosting the event’s importance.
  • Shifting Paradigm: Prime Minister Modi’s participation catapulted the Raisina Dialogue from its humble beginnings in 2015 to a global focal point in under eight years.
  • The conference earned international fame and popularity, bringing renowned participants from around the world.

Importance: Reflecting Indian Perspective

  • Strategic Vision: The Raisina Dialogue is a purposeful strategy to reflect and project India’s perspective on global issues.
  • India-Centric Thinking: The conference presents India’s viewpoint on global issues, in line with the government’s emphasis on developing India-centric thinking.
  • Various Representation: The event brings together international sponsors, co-sponsors, and attendees, encouraging various perspectives and critical evaluation of foreign policies.

The Size and Importance

  • Global Participation: The most recent Raisina Dialogue, held in March 2023, was attended by Italy’s Prime Minister and around 30 foreign ministers. Over 100 countries were represented in the discussions.
  • The conference’s prestige and influence are growing as a result of its widespread representation and debates on a wide range of global topics.

@the end

  • The Raisina Dialogue is a wonderful tribute to India’s growing presence and influence in the international arena.
  • As the Dialogue continues to affect conversations on geopolitics and geoeconomics, it strengthens India’s standing as a global player.
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