Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said Indian economy and polity was resilient enough to overcome the "present adversities" while noting that globalization has thrown up entirely new paradigms on various issues, including international terrorism and piracy.
Addressing the 4th conference of Heads of Mission (HoM) in New Delhi, Singh also emphasised that in the complex strategic environment that India confronts, it is essential that senior foreign policy managers regularly take stock of policies and evaluate their effectiveness on the ground.
"The imperatives of our foreign policy have not changed. Security against external threats, economic prosperity and sharing in global public goods remain the central impulses. A dynamic environment, however, demands constant fine-tuning of the instruments of policy. We must also not remain content with making the best of a difficult external environment but instead attempt to actively shape a favourable external environment for India," he said.
"Our economy, our polity and our society are resilient enough to overcome present adversities," he added.
Inaugurating the conference, external affairs minister SM Krishna said "Our immediate neighbourhood is of paramount importance for our national interests and outlined the initiatives taken during the course of last year to enhance our interaction with neighbours. We remain committed to building a stable and prosperous South Asia."
Krishna said he was satisfied at "the progress achieved in the last round of the resumed dialogue, given the complexities of the issues that we face, in our relations with Pakistan. We are also cognizant of the fact that there is a long way and the path ahead will not be easy."
"India-China relations, will be one of the most important bilateral relationships in the 21st century," he said.
He also talked about issues confronting overseas Indians, the country's engagement at multi-lateral forum and setting up of passport seva kendras.