NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul today called for re-evaluating the United Nations, where the crucial veto is held by few countries despite changed global realities in the 21st century, and establishing a new Commonwealth Assembly to enhance its role.
"The UN has served a great purpose for the last 70 years but perhaps now it is a past relic whose structure and contribution needs to be re-evaluated," he said in his address titled 'The use of soft power to enhance Global Relations'. ...
He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attempts at "cultural diplomacy" and called on other world leaders to follow his lead.
"The traditional approach of foreign offices and chancelleries, of strategic command centres, now needs to be supplemented and expanded and re-fashioned by public diplomacy and cultural outreach. I draw your attention to a very successful cultural diplomacy policy that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has been vigorously promoting in the last year or so," he said.