NEW DELHI: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said it was time India focussed on its rise as a soft power and use it to combat the biggest menace humanity is facing in the present times – terrorism.
He also said that public opinion world over should be built to isolate nations which shelter terrorists.
Speaking at a conference on soft power organised by India Foundation, Naidu said that India has always been one of the foremost cultural forces in the world.
“It is time that we focus on India’s rise as a soft power nation and the need for an India-centric discourse on soft power; how to maximise and deploy soft power assets, particularly to furthering national, regional and global interests.
“It was ‘Vishwaguru’ who provided cultural, spiritual & intellectual leadership. Knowledge-seekers from other countries used to come to Indian universities like Takshashila and Nalanda,” he said.
He said that soft power was one of the “newest frameworks to understand and leverage India’s role in international order”. (AGENCIES)