The Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, today engaged in a series of productive interactions with professionals from diverse fields. Attendees included businessmen, engineers, doctors, and lawyers, all of whom gathered at the Hotel Shankam Belagavi.
The minister tweeted –
A nostalgic return to Belagavi after 45 years.
Enjoyed discussions with intellectuals on domestic progress&world affairs. Underlined how deeply they are connected, as well as the opportunities they present.
Impressed by how Belagavi is getting connected to global supply chains.
During his visit to Belagavi, the minister expressed his belief that India has the potential to become the spiritual leader of the world. He emphasized the importance of citizen participation in governance by encouraging cooperation with policymakers and officers. He urged citizens to share their ideas on how to make governance more accountable, transparent, and people-friendly.
Dr. Jaishankar also shared his connection to Karnataka, stating that his grandparents lived in Bengaluru and he had worked in Chikkod in the Belagavi district. He fondly recalled his frequent visits to Dharwad during that time.
Furthermore, he highlighted Karnataka’s significant role in India’s goal of becoming a five trillion dollar economy. He praised the state for topping the list in the number of start-ups, innovation index, FDI flow, and having the highest number of Unicorns.