Pak has ‘mindset’ problems, Indian nationalism not anti-global: Jaishankar

Pak has ‘mindset’ problems, Indian nationalism not anti-global: Jaishankar

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New Delhi, Oct 4: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Friday said that Pakistan has a 'mindset' problem with regard to regional cooperation and insisted that while other nations in the neighbourhood are cooperating, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also has a vision on the same.

"The Indian subcontinent is among the least regionalised economies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi feels we need to do something about this and the Indian economy is a lifting tide," Dr Jaishankar said during a conversation with prominent Norwegian politician and President of World Economic Forum Borge Brende here.

He also asserted that the Indian nationalism was not against being global and maintained as a policy Indian diplomacy would like to stick to more "softer and collaborative" approach towards other countries.

"In a way, we are a standout, we are an exception. Because, in this country you could say, we are more nationalistic but at the same time between being nationalistic and being internationational in the sense of dealing more with the world," Dr Jaishankar said.

"Nationalism is not a kind of a negative sentiment directed at the world," he said.

Politically, India's sincerity for regional cooperation was demonstrated when Prime Minister Modi had invited neighbouring countries at his swearing-in ceremony in 2014 and also ASEAN leaders this year.

While the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had come for Modi's swearing-in, Dr Jaishankar also said Pakistan had essentially a mindset problem.

"I always remain hopeful. I know we have big challenges. They have a mindset issue that they have to overcome," he said, while maintaining that India's entire neighbourhood "minus one" has been a "good story" for mutual cooperation.

Dr Jaishankar said during his US visit, the abrogation of Article 370 provisions did come up for discussions with several leaders.

To a question, he said: "You put Kashmir aside for a moment...Today, with everybody else, trade, business, connectivity and contacts are increasing. Surely, at some stage, that would have an impact because you would see everybody else prospering with that cooperation."

He said India did not adhere to the idea of imposing its views on connectivity and development on others.

"We would rather say, we have a development partnership. In fact, that's exactly what my Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) said when he went to Africa last year.....when he said, 'Look we are prepared to do very much more in Africa, but we would like to know what you want'," the minister said.

"That's very much like our manner of doing things......I would say softer, a more collaborative, more co-owned," he said. (UNI)