PM Modi tells Indian diplomats : "Shed Old Mindsets"

Addressing a four-day conference themed 'diplomacy with development' and titled "Heads of Indian Missions" Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked diplomats to "shed old mindsets" and be quick to adapt to changing global situations. He asked the diplomats from nearly 120 missions, including envoys from consulates, to help India position itself in a leading role, rather than just a balancing force, and noted that there were new 'actors' and new 'threats' to global peace. The world is keen to embrace India, Modi said, and asked the audience to use the opportunity to take the lead in countering the challenge of climate change and also work for a change in global attitudes towards the challenges of climate change. Describing the diplomats as shining vibrant representatives of India's glorious heritage he emphasised the role of "Heads of Missions" in projecting India to the world. Modi also called for preparing a compendium of best practices of Missions across the world and spreading them horizontally. He asked them to remain ahead of the curve on digital diplomacy and to maintain digital libraries showcasing the best of Indian culture and keep regular contact with prominent individuals from other countries who visited, or planned to visit India.