India’s G20 presidency is guided by the principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,’ emphasizing a united global family. This approach reflects India’s commitment to fostering international cooperation and addressing pressing global issues with a human-centered perspective.
What was your vision when India got the presidency of G20?
India’s G20 presidency aligns with the core G20 slogan: ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth One Family One Future.’ This encapsulates our approach, where the entire planet is viewed as one family. Just as the future of each family member is interconnected, our collaborative efforts lead to shared progress, leaving no one behind, says Modi.
Additionally, our country has followed the ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ approach for nine years, promoting unity and development. This inclusive model’s success is recognized globally, guiding our approach to international relations.
Question: You will be hosting all the world’s biggest leaders in a time full of war and geopolitical tension. How are the Presidents and Prime Ministers responding to your call for ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’?
Answer: India assumed the G20 chair amid a pandemic and global instability, prompting questions about the prevailing development model. International recognition of India’s development efforts in various sectors, including economic reforms, capacity building, and welfare schemes, fostered global confidence in our capabilities.
Our response to the pandemic showcased a coordinated approach, prioritizing the vulnerable and leveraging digital infrastructure for welfare delivery. Our economy continued to thrive despite global crises. Initiatives like the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure highlighted India’s inclusive and effective approach.
Global leaders, when they meet me, express optimism about India’s potential. They believe in India’s ability to contribute significantly to shaping the global future, evident in their support for our G20 agenda.
Question: India’s G20 presidency has been described as a ‘People’s Presidency.’ Why did you decide to democratize the G20 by organizing events across the country?
Answer: Having traveled extensively across India before my political career, I witnessed the ‘can do’ spirit and resilience of people from diverse regions and backgrounds. They needed a platform to empower them.
Our government aimed to decentralize and democratize the G20 by hosting events in various cities, showcasing India’s diversity and capabilities. Over 220 meetings in 60 cities across all 28 states and 8 union territories have taken place during our presidency. This approach aligns with my belief in inclusive governance and cooperative federalism.
We’ve hosted global leaders in different regions, breaking away from the tradition of centralizing meetings in Delhi. This approach reflects our commitment to inclusivity and trust in people’s capabilities.”