Times Now Exclusive: EAM Jaishankar On China, Chabahar Port & '400 Paar' | FULL INTERVIEW

During the interview with Times Group Editor-in-Chief Navika Kumar, the EAM faced questions on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Gaza bombarding, Ukraine was and national politics.
EAM Jaishankar spoke exclusively to Times Now Group Editor-In-Chief Navika Kumar amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections

EAM Jaishankar spoke exclusively to Times Now Group Editor-In-Chief Navika Kumar amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar sat down for an exclusive interview with Times Now amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. During the interview with Times Group Editor-in-Chief Navika Kumar, the EAM faced questions on Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Gaza bombarding, Ukraine was and national politics. The EAM also revealed how PM Modi convinced him to join politics and reiterated that the NDA government will get more than 400 seats on June 4 when the results for the General elections will be declared.
This is the first time the Minister categorically stated two times India managed to pause the war in Ukraine to rescue Indians stranded there. When asked about his greatest diplomatic challenge, Dr Jaishankar detailed the way India managed to get the West and Russia together at the G-20 summit in Delhi. He also spoke about the end of Western supremacy and slammed the way western media gave oxygen to a certain ecosystem in India to undermine the achievement of India.

EAM Jaishankar's Full Interview With Times Now

NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Hello. Good evening. Namaskar. Joining me tonight on Public Manch is External Affairs Minister, Mr S. Jaishankar. Pleasure to have you here Jaishankar ji. Thank you. And from the applause, I can gauge the excitement here for the questions and the answers that will follow, because you are known to be like a batsman, who walks onto the pitch and scores a double century.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Thank you. I'm glad to be sitting here today, and also happy to be in your august presence. This is the time for us to put our ideas before the public and that's what we're doing today.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Absolutely, this is Public Manch, and the people sitting here with us today are first time voters. These first time voters are making up their minds. Would you like to say something to them before I start with my questions? Do you want to tell them anything?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
All I want to tell them is when I was a first-time voter like them, it was the 1977 election, after Emergency. Even now when I think about the elections, it reminds me of that time, when we were in university, we made up our minds that time. I'm sure you all have made up your minds too.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Alright, let's leave aside the ones who have made up their minds. But today, let me start with my questionnaire for you. When we talk about Modi government and the last 10 years, a lot is spoken of India's rise in the global world order, and the contribution of the External Affairs Ministry in bolstering India's image on the global stage. How do you see it? What's your best moment and the most challenging moment that you'd like to share with the public.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Navika, I agree with you that in the last 10 years, as far as India's image and standing in the world is concerned, we have touched new heights. There are many reasons, not just one. One reason is every nation is known by the image of its leader. We are lucky that Modi has been very active in speaking about the India story across the world, and that has benefitted us a lot. The second factor is that our potential and also our contributions to the rest of the world has risen dramatically. If you look at the Covid period, we helped many nations across the world, and gave vaccines to 100 nations. Such things definitely make an impact on the minds of people across the world. Even long after the pandemic has passed, countries remember who helped them in their testing times and who stood with them. We're reaping benefits and seeing the impact of our deeds today. I would also say that our young generation and the talents we have in different fields, be it Chandrayaan or 5G, the speed of our infrastructure growth, people feel that this country that's seeing a 7% growth rate after Covid pandemic, and they're progressing at a rapid pace, so whenever there's a big development across the world, they want to know India's opinion on the matter. So I feel these things have a certain impact, and in the Ministry of External Affairs, we're at the front end. So when we go across the world, we see that our impact and our importance has risen.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Was there a moment you found challenging and what did you do to navigate through it?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIR MINISTER
I would like to tell you about G20. During G20 Ukraine was a burning topic. We used to think that we wouldn't be able to get everyone to come to a consensus. We worked for the entire year to make G20 event a success, but if we couldn't get everyone on-board, it would be a problem. There was huge gulf between the west and Russia, even China was very inclined towards Russia. So, there was a big gap and it was our responsibility to make G20 a success at any cost. Last, two days before the final meeting for G20 were very stressful. We didn't sleep for 2-3 days in a row as we were busy negotiating.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
And finally they say all's well that ends well.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIR MINISTER
Absolutely.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In this election season, there is an on-going war in the social media. There is a BJP advertisement which says, 'Papa has stopped the war'. Such sentences were used. On the other hand, opposition was making memes. They are saying that he should also stop Israel's war on Gaza.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
If you ask me about stopping the war, then my answer would be yes. I am a witness of the same. I can give you the date. I can give you time. I can give you how long. I can tell you how. And I can tell you for whom. This has been done twice. Firstly it was done on March 5 in . Our students were on their way to the nearest safe zone. Heavy shelling was taking place. Our Prime Minister called President Putin and asked him to stop the shelling to make way for our students. Upon the Prime Minister's request, Russian Army stopped the shelling and our teachers could reach the safe zone. Another crucial incident took place on March 8. A 3 way fight was going on between Ukraine, Russia and local militia. Our students wanted to leave that area and we tried to stop the conflict. But, our efforts couldn't see the light. Firing resumed as soon our students entered the bus. Students had to leave the bus and return to their hostel. So we went to the Prime Minister and told him to boost the morale of the students. We suggested that people from Delhi should go there and speak to the students. Two of our senior officers were sent to that region. We wanted to stop the conflict and make way for our students. When we explained to PM Modi, he spoke to President Putin and President Zelenskyy and came to an arrangement with the local militia and stopped the firing. We made a sanitised pathway and our students left.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
And this actually happened?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Yes, I am a witness of this incident. The students will tell you how firing incidents, which were happening for days, were stopped on the same morning when they had to leave. Somebody must have intervened and stopped the fighting.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
You are making tall claims. Then what will you tell the opposition who are making allegations?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
What will I tell them? Voters will answer them.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
And if voters do what Rahul Gandhi claims? That BJP will only get 150 seats?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Voters understand Rahul Gandhi, you should also understand him.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In Ambala, PM Modi said that neighbouring countries think twice before acting, given the stand of the current government. It was said earlier, that governments change, but the foreign policies remained the same.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
That was wrong. People did it for their own benefit, but the practice was wrong. And I can tell you why
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Tell me why?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
You know when previous governments were making policies on China, when Nehru was making policies on China, it was opposed by Sardar Patel. Many ministers in the Nehru cabinet opposed him. Later, when Aksai Chin road was made, there were fiery discussions in the Parliament. Several discussions took place on Nehru's foreign policy. So to say this that situation deteriorated lately is wrong. Take an example of Pakistan, when a pact took place between Nehru and Liaquat Ali Khan that both countries will protect their minority population. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who was a minister back then opposed this. Nehru's America policies were opposed by Dr Ambedkar. Well, Nehru era is a history now. Till Atal ji, nobody had the courage to test nuclear power. Till Modi came to power, nobody had the courage to cross LoC and give a befitting reply to terror. So by the logic of the Congress party, we didn't do anything about 26/11 attack. They wouldn't have done anything after Pulwama and Uri because they care about Pakistan more. This is bogus.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Farooq Abdullah still says that we shouldn't take Pakistan lightly because they also have atom bomb.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
What will I say about this? That family has so much sympathy for Pakistan. They care about Pakistan so much. The entire world knows the strength of India.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Are you saying, that they care more about Pakistan than India?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
I am saying that the entire nation is interested in PoK. Look at Pakistan's condition now. They are struggling. But these leaders are going backwards.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
What do the people think about it? Are they going backwards? Yes or no?
CROWD IN UNISON: Yes
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
And it's not only them, even Mani Shankar Aiyar. But the Congress party never accepts anything. They will say that it's his personal opinion. Even for Sam Pitroda, they say that it's his personal opinion. Whenever such remarks face backlash, they say its personal opinion.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
But Rahul Gandhi says something else…
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Rahul Gandhi denies his own words at times. He says ambiguous things.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Rahul says you do not understand China, because our relations are not well with them.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Rahul understands China so much that he holds secret meetings with the Chinese envoy. He must have some extra understanding in these meetings.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Should Rahul Gandhi open a paathshaala on China?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Post June 4, Rahul Gandhi should think about his paathshaala. If he has an idea then he should run a paathshaala.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Then who will be the students in this paathshaala?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
He will have to find students like him. I don't know where he will find such students. He won't find such students among voters.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: The Prime Minister, in his interview, told me that Western countries are building a narrative against India, especially in this election season. Statements were made by the UN, the U.S. State Department, and Germany when Kejriwal was arrested. Do you think there is any foreign influence in India's election?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: A thought process exists in India and across the globe that people with the same mentality help each other. It is a globalised politics. When people face rejection within the country, support pour in from their friends abroad. The media is responsible for spreading such a narrative. Since the formation of the Modi government, the Western media has been very critical of it. They questioned our COVID handling, economic handling and pharmaceutical industry. I am not saying we are always right, but the Western media has always tried to set a narrative and give an opposing viewpoint. They questioned our methods, our election process and the weather during elections. West has this old habit of commenting on growing countries. Why do they have such habits? These countries used to dominate the global political fray. Times have changed, but they did not.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: You are talking about America?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: I am referring to the entire Western media. We have good relations with America and the UN. It's not about good relations. I am not saying that all these nations or institutions are setting narratives, but such feelings exist.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: I want to ask you a question about one of your statements. You said that your father was a bureaucrat and then became a Secretary. I want to play a byte and then ask my question.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: You want to say that the Congress party is vindictive?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: People should know the truth. The interviewer asked me whether I would enter politics or not. Whether I want to become a minister or not? I explained to the person that we are a family of bureaucrats. I told him that our biggest goal was to become a Secretary. My father was very old when he became a Secretary (Defence Production). He could serve only for a few years. My father was 51 when he was removed as Secretary (Defence Production). He was very disappointed and wanted us to become a Union Secretary. My elder brother was in service before me, and my father was very proud when he was alive. My dream was to become a Foreign Secretary. I never thought of becoming a Foreign Minister.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Where did this idea come from (of becoming minister)?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: It did not come to my mind.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Then did a phone call come? Did you have a long conversation?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: PM called me for a meeting. We had a normal conversation like the one I am having with you. He (PM) had the idea, not me.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: How much time did you take to make up your mind?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: PM Modi is very considerate. He spoke to me, asked me to think about it, and then give him an answer.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: You worked with PM Modi as the Foreign Secretary. How much time did it take for you to reply to him?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: This happened a few days before the cabinet swearing-in. I did not get much time to make the decision-maybe a few days.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: 24 to 48 hours?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: Something like that
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: You made this decision in 24 hours and are now working 24/7.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: I also used to work 24/7. You have to work 24/7 if you are with PM Modi.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: It's a big statement. Speaking about Western narratives, we saw how students were protesting in U.S universities over the Israel-Hamas war. What would you like to say? They always preach to us on human rights. Is there a disconnect?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: A law and order situation happened during the CAA protest.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: At Shaheen Bagh
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: We received many foreign lectures about not resisting. Those protests went on for almost a year. When such incidents took place at U.S. universities, they handled them in a very different way. They suggested something different. They did what they had to and the opposite of what they had asked us to do.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Would you like to tell them something?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: We already have, in our way, who want to listen and will do so
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: What did you say to them?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER: We said that in a democracy, people have rights and responsibilities as well; there is a good balance between them. So, it is the duty of one democracy to understand the situation of the other democracy, and this is what we told them.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
We have received some questions from the people via social media. Jitendra Singh from Almora is asking that some days ago it was said that the ball is in Pakistan's court, what does this statement mean? Does this mean that in future India will soften its stand on Pakistan?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
No, the ball is not in their court, terrorists are. First they should sort out their terrorists.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Is this your stand still?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
This is not just my stand, look the the public's mood. Who among you wants us to tolerate terrorism like we did after the 26/11 attacks? Do you want us to sit back and not give an answer and say that Pakistan is our neighbour and we should engage in a dialogue with them? Is there anyone?
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Is there anyone?
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
No, no one wants that to happen
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Shubham Mishra from Lucknow is asking you alerted the Indian students after Pakistani students were lynched in Kyrgyzstan and you informed us to stay in touch with the embassy. Do you have any input as to what is the situation right now?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Some incident did take place there, from the information that we have it seems like the incidence was initiated to by students of some other country. I got a call at night that our students who are studying in Kyrgyzstan, I got a call from them late at night around 3-4 am. I called our ambassador and he said that yes this incident as taken place and he was in touch with our students and he advised them not to step outside the hostel. An advisory was already issued by the embassy but he (ambassador) thought as a lot of people follow me on social media and take posts I make seriously. I have been informed that the situation is now in control and some of the students were even hospitalised. None of the Indian students were hospitalised nor did they sustain any serious injuries.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Janardhan from Jaipur is asking, in UK there is a lot of tumult, the people of UK are protesting against Pakistan. Don't you think that this is the right time to fulfil our dream of the Akhand Bharat?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
I have observed that in the last few weeks, interest for PoK is on the rise in India. Now Navika ji if you can remember, ten years ago or even five years ago no one would talk about PoK so why are they talking about it now? They are talking about it now because the after the abrogation of article 370 there has been immense change in the Kashmir valley and you can see the impact of it in PoK as well. The people there are thinking if people across the border are flourishing than why can't we, why are we suffering the atrocities. So they are thinking about all this
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
We want to know what you are thinking
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
What I think is the same as the decision taken in the Parliament 30 years ago, that PoK was, is and will be a a part of India. I believe that whatever our aspirations are will be fulfilled soon
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
So in third term is it a promise that PoK will be a part of India?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
If in the beginning of the second term when I become the minister if you would have asked me what is my opinion on if the Article 370 I would have said that it was BJP's commitment, commitment is one thing and intention is another. To turn your commitment into a realty you have to inspect a lot of things like politics, so who ever is responsible for that will make sure it happens.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
One question that is asked a lot is that on one side our relations with China are out in the open. they give Chinese names to some villages along the border, the opposition also raises questions about it. Ramesh Kumar from Varanasi is asking that in 2023 and 2024 China has emerged as a crucial partner in trade, what measures are we taking as a country to reduce our dependence on China? This constant tussle that we are in with China, when will this end?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
There are two points here. Firstly, PoK is our commitment, however I can't predict when this commitment turn into a promise. If you are asking if this will happen in the next five years? I would say a lot can happen in five years.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Okay, now the question on China
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
When it comes to China there are two separate issues, there is a link between them as well. When it comes to the border issue, our challenge is that back in 1962, they captured some our territory and the positions that they captured put us in disadvantage, so whatever you are reading in the newspaper and the watching in the media that China has build model villages and new bridges and new roads, you must know that all this was build on the land that was captured in 1962. Some are trying to mislead the people saying that all this is being build on the some new land that they have captured after 2020. It is being build in 1959 Laojun, 1960, 1961-1962 Pangong Tso and 1963 Shaksgam valley, you must understand the border situation. When it comes to trade, our trade with China is very one-sided, as what our traders are taking from China they don't take that from us. We are taking their support because the previous government did not build any infrastructure for manufacturing in India so we are compelled to take certain things from other countries and China is the cheapest amongst the lot. So what is the solution for this? We have to facilitate manufacturing in the country and this is the policy of Modi. We have build different infrastructure and introduced production linked incentive, bank credit and helped small-medium industries as well. Till be build substantial manufacturing units in India out dependence on China will not be impacted. So solution for China is economic growth at home and manufacturing at home. People like Rahul Gandhi and Raghuram Rajan think that we can never excel in manufacturing and we shouldn't even try. We think that they are taking us on the wrong route.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Iran's new Chabahar agreement which happened during the election, U.S also gave a statement even though they understand that that it is a multidimensional issue on the other hand they are also issuing a warning that nations must think of sanctions as well. What is your stand in that?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
The Chabahar port issue has been going on since a long time, as in one of the section of the port is operated by us, usually the agreement is extended every year but we have a long time agreement with them. So on ground level not such has changed, its just that since it is a long term agreement we can make more changes there.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
What about the sanction?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
This port has been running since years and no sanctions have been levied on it, you can check the records. It is evident that U.S is also benefiting from Chabahar port and the region as well so we will discuss this with U.S. Practically nothing major is happening because of this agreement in principle. We will surely invest in this, other than this nothing more is happening in principle.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Because this is Public Manch with your permission I would like to take a few questions from the audience. So many people want to ask question! But I am partial to women
AUDIENCE
Good evening sir, myself Namansa Krishna and I am from Ramjas college, one of the thing that inspires me and others who are preparing for UPSC is your diplomatic prowess which reflected not on just the domestic or international stage, you have represented India in a very strong manner, we want those qualities to be reflected in us as well. So how can we inculcate this in yourselves.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Big applause to the question and the compliment to the External Affairs Minister
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
I can think of 2-3 answers. If you want to be confident, firstly find the inspiration, find the leadership. I was tell people and I mean this as well, i would be a great thing to be a Foreign Minister of any country, there is a lot to be proud of but when you are Modi's Foreign Minister that is a bonus. So a lot of the confidence and assertion you carry it with you. What does a minister do when he goes abroad, they reflect the national mood. If the national mood is down ot will impact the way you speak. I feel today the country is confident. The way we have come out of COVID, when I look at other countries, some people are still suffering and look at how we have built up growth. The same terrorism threat which we faced for 50-60 years now we are dealing with it differently. We have the a challenge on the border but we are dealing with it differently. Even with the United States or the western countries they come and say, 'in a democratic world we have an opinion' I have no problem, please give me your opinion but be prepared to listen to mine.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Well said, well said. One last question
AUDIENCE
Good evening Sir, my name is Shristhi from from Pitampura. Recently our navy officers were released from Qatar, they were to be hanged, so that was a very big diplomatic win for the new India. So can you tell us how it all happened in this new India which we are seeing since the last 10 years.
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
There is a larger context to this and you need to understand that also. In this case I would say there was some misunderstanding and misapprehension also and we had to go through certain phase of diplomacy to sought it out and Prime Minister himself had a word with the Emir of Qatar which was helpful in this situation. There is larger issue that we as Indians have to deal with. More and more of us will travel out, we will go for studies, work, holiday, some one will be airlines crew or shipping crew, technical person. When so many people go out of the country we have to devise a system under mentality, 'how to look after your people' you gave only one example, it could be Ukraine, Sudan, Yemen or some other country, like Afghanistan. We need to have a strong sense, our people in difficulty must not be left to fend for themselves. If they have the assurance that the country, the government will stand by, you know, your question, 'how do you develop that confidence?' Entire nation will develop that confidence when it goes out into the world. But they must feel that we are a billion people and that Modi government will never forget about them, we will save them, this feeling is important.
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Well said that 140 crore Indians and the Modi government is standing by your side. Thinking about all the instances when the government has saved its people and as a tribute to this government we bow down that this strength has been used to help the people of the country. We thank each one of you, people will term us as 'Godi media' but if someone has done a good job one must not feel ashamed to appreciate it. From this stage I would like to say that great work has been done and people's confidence has increased. Confidence has indeed been boosted but I would like to ask one last question. How many seats this time? how confident are you?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
When Modi, Modi government, NDA have set a target, in the manifesto as well promises are made very strategically
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Tho Abki baar?
S JAISHANKAR, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
400 paar
NAVIKA KUMAR, GROUP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Abki baar 400 paar. Thank you so much Dr S Jaishankar, Union External Affairs Minister, thank you for coming and answering question so openly and thanks to the audience.
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