Modi urges democracies to make use of tech to unfold shared values

Indian chief tells summit democracies should use know-how to construct world that displays ‘democratic ideals and values’.

Hwaseong, South Korea – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has referred to as on democracies to work collectively on cutting-edge applied sciences to advertise democratic values, outlining a “historic moment of choice” between battle and cooperation.

Speaking by way of videolink at a summit on rising applied sciences in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, Modi stated the digital period had created alternatives for progress and prosperity but additionally the danger of latest types of battle.

“We can work together to empower nations and their people and prepare them for the opportunity of the century,” Modi informed the inaugural Sydney Dialogue, which was organised by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a government-funded think-tank.

“That is also important for building a future of this world that reflects our democratic ideals and values. That is as important as our own national security and prosperity.”

Modi stated the way in which international locations used know-how mirrored their values.

“India’s democratic traditions are old, its modern institutions are strong, and we have always believed in the world as one family,” stated Modi, who’s amongst a roster of audio system on the two-day summit that additionally consists of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Indian chief additionally warned in opposition to unspecified “vested interests” utilizing the values of democratic nations in opposition to them.

“Technology and data are becoming new weapons,” Modi stated. “The biggest friend of democracy is openness. At the same time, we should not allow a few vested interests to misuse this openness. Friends, as a democracy and digital leader, India is ready to work with partners for our shared prosperity and security. India’s democracy is rooted in our democracy and the scale of our economy.”

Modi stated India was on the forefront of creating new applied sciences, pointing to authorities initiatives to attach 600,000 villages to broadband and roll out new digital fee methods.

captionIndia and Australia are members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue [File: Indian Navy via AP]

Modi, whose keynote deal with was launched by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, described India and Australia’s relations as “a force of good for the region and the world”

“India, Australia and our partners in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond hear the call of our times, and we are prepared to rise to fulfil our responsibilities,” he stated.

New Delhi and Canberra have fostered nearer ties in recent times amid shared considerations about China’s rising assertiveness within the area.

Modi and Morrison final yr introduced the signing of a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” geared toward boosting cooperation in areas together with commerce, schooling and defence. The two international locations are additionally members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, often known as the Quad, involving the United States and Japan. Australia and China are embroiled in a raft of disputes centred round nationwide safety and commerce. New Delhi and Beijing are concerned in plenty of border disputes that spilled over into violent skirmishes in 2020.

Modi stated the digital age had launched new areas of competitors between international locations.

“It is raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights and security,” he stated. “It is reshaping international competition, power and leadership. It has ushered in a new era of opportunities for progress and prosperity, but we also face new risks and new forms of conflicts across diverse straits, from seabed to cyber to space.”