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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that Indian politics and Indian cricket team are the most inclusive example and evidence that democracy has been strengthened and it is really working. He was talking to Rakesh Kaul, Vice President of the Indo-American Arts Council (AIIC).
During this discussion, Jaishankar said, look at the Indian Parliament, Cabinet, people working in politics and cricket team and ask yourself what were these people 10, 20 or 30 years ago? Compare them to him. How narrow was our political class. If you ask me, two of the biggest inclusive examples of democracy being really deep and effective in my view, one is Indian politics and the other is the Indian cricket team.
Jaishankar was speaking on the reflected inclusivity in Indian democracy during a discussion on the book ‘Modi at the Rate 20: Dreams Meet Delivery’ organized by AIIC here. Look at the authenticity of our democratic processes. Here elections are respected. No one challenges this process.
This similarity between Indian cricket team and politics
Jaishankar said, by the way, I am not judging anyone’s ability. I am not in any doubt about them. I am making a basic observation that if you look at the origins of the people who are in politics today, if you look at the Parliament of India, you see from which city they have come, where they studied, what is their background or language, then this Very, very different. The same applies to the Indian cricket team as well. This is the similarity between the two.
Modi himself the result of change
When asked whether this change has been brought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaishankar said, “I would actually say that Modi himself is the result of this change.” The end of someone like him becoming the Prime Minister of India itself shows how much the country has changed. He said, the number of voters and women voters is increasing rapidly in India.