We must think of resolving global problems for unity

Says ex-Indian FS

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Former Indian Foreign Secretary and renowned scholar Krishnan Srinivasan on Saturday laid emphasis on resolving the global problems arising from conflicting values that can divide rather than unite humanity, reports UNB.

“We must think of resolving problems,” he said adding that they need a new universalism, a shared principle of common humanity that will somehow allow them to prioritise universal and international interests over “parochial national interest” that actually divide instead of unity.

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, conducted the symposium while Cosmos Foundation Chairman Enayetullah Khan delivered welcome remarks.

Delivering a lecture on “Values, or Their Absence, in Foreign Policy” organised by Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cosmos Group, as part of Cosmos Dialogue’s Distinguished Speaker’s Lecture Series, he said there is a universal tension between values and interests.

Foreign affairs experts and senior journalists attended the dialogue.