The Russia-Ukraine war has thrown up a crisis of fuel, food, and fertiliser, which would lead to famine and have a huge inflationary impact, said External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday.
“The implications of the situation in Ukraine show up in what we call a three ‘F’ crisis- fuel, food, and fertiliser. The prices of these three have gone up. They have a huge inflationary effect” during the eight years of the Narendra Modi government, Jaishankar spoke about national security.
The event was organised in the city by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in collaboration with the International Studies Network Bangalore (ISNB). “In the case of food, they will lead to hunger. In the case of fertiliser, it will cause a cascading crisis in many countries till the following harvest.”
According to the minister, the country has faced four major challenges in the last two years. COVID-19, tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control, the Afghanistan situation, and the Ukraine war were the four issues. These four major events showed how something far away may have a direct impact on a nation’s well-being,
Concerning China, the minister stated that the neighbouring country attempted to unilaterally change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh’s northern sector. Modified unilaterally and in violation of our understandings,” he said.
He also stated that the military deployment was most likely the largest since the conflict of 1962. Because of the infrastructure advancements made in that location for logistics delivery, the troops were able to withstand over two winters. In Pakistan, Jaishankar said, “I think we have seen (in the eight years) the degree of clarity that we will not be brought to the table by the pressure of cross-border terrorism.”
Another significant achievement of the Modi government’s eight-year tenure was the land border deal with Bangladesh, which had a significant impact on the India-Bangladesh relationship.
Regarding Myanmar, the minister stated that the government has a foreign policy that engages the authorities there to make it harder for Indian insurgent organisations to expand. As a result, the northeastern region is at peace.
According to him, the nation was able to overcome these obstacles due to the Union government’s holistic vision, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stated that the Modi government attempted to improve the nation’s competence through numerous programs such as Digital India, Skill India, and an emphasis on girls’ education.
I believe that national security is the foundation for any development and progress of the society, he added.