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India among 110 countries invited to Joe Biden’s virtual democracy summit;  Learn more about the meeting

The US State Department has invited 110 countries to the upcoming Democracy Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden. The virtual summit will take place on December 9 and 10. The summit will be important to the United States as it tries to maintain its position as one of the most influential democratic powers in the world.

“For the United States, the summit will provide an opportunity to listen, learn and engage with a wide range of actors whose support and engagement are essential for global democratic renewal. It will also highlight one of the unique strengths of democracy: the ability to recognize its imperfections and address them openly and transparently, so that we can, as the Constitution of the United States says, “form a union. more perfect, ”the State Department said.

What is the summit of democracy?

The Democracy Summit aims to bring together the leaders of the world’s major democracies, as well as countries the United States hopes to further encourage a “democratic” trend. The summit’s goal, as President Biden said during his election campaign, is to demonstrate that democracies continue to rise to the challenges nations face in the 21st century.

One of the main goals of the summit is to stop the increase in authoritarian action by Russia and China and to position the United States as a key global democratic leader. The two other main themes of the summit will be the fight against corruption and the promotion of respect for human rights.

Alongside the leaders of the 110 countries, philanthropists, personalities from civil society and the private sector will also be invited to the summit. After the two-day virtual summit, guests will engage in consultation, coordination and action for a year before being invited to a second democracy summit. The second summit will be held in person.

Which nations have been invited?

The guest list includes India, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nigeria and Niger, among others. Traditional Middle Eastern allies of the United States such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were not invited. Only Israel and Iraq will be invited from the region.

NATO ally Turkey has also been dropped from the list while Brazil, led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, will be there. A controversial addition to the list has been Taiwan.

What will the summit mean for India?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the summit. Known as the “world’s largest democracy”, India has in recent years ignored international questions about the quality of its democracy. India describes democratic and human rights issues as “internal issues” and has responded strongly to any criticism, perceived or real, from foreign countries on issues such as Jammu-Kashmir, protests against soon-to-be repealed agricultural bills, minority rights, rising religious intolerance and the Citizenship Amendment Act.

At the same time, the Indian government has been quick to promote the democratic process and draw attention to the rights of minorities in countries like the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Whether India will adopt calls for internal reform to improve the quality of its democracy or whether it will continue to label such matters as “internal issues” could be discussed at the summit.

(Edited by : Shoma bhattacharjee)


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