"The role of the Speaker is not only to control the House but also to represent Indian foreign policies... at various forums and during bilateral visits," Mukherjee said as he was presented by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan with the first copy of the book, 'Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy: Speaker's Perspective', penned by the House's first woman Speaker, Meira Kumar.

Congratulating the former Speaker for bringing out the book, Mukherjee said that each of us can learn a number of lessons from the observations made by her in the work.

The book, which touches on 30 international issues which the world is facing today, is divided into seven broad chapters and talks about International Peace and Security, Economic Cooperation, Good Governance and more.

"When I was the Speaker of (Lok Sabha) it was my constant endeavour to ensure that the image of Parliament should be enhanced; cooperation and relationships should be carried forward and the country's policies should be put forth with strong conviction," said Kumar.

The book is an account of the role of parliamentary diplomacy in furthering foreign policy and strengthening international relations. The volume is a collection of reports and select speeches that Kumar delivered as the Lok Sabha Speaker and leader of Indian parliamentary delegations at international conferences and on her visits abroad.

"While we are in the Session, controlling the House, people just see the tip of the iceberg but, post the House, we have various duties to fulfil to represent our nation at international fora. This book gives us an insight about the true role of a Speaker," said Mahajan.

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