‘India’s spiritual tradition advocates oneness & work together to solve global challenges’: PM Modi pens his thought as India begins its G-20 Presidency

During India's G-20 Presidency India shall present its experiences, learnings, and models as possible templates for others

During India's G-20 Presidency India shall present its experiences, learnings, and models as possible templates for others
During India's G-20 Presidency India shall present its experiences, learnings, and models as possible templates for others

India officially assumes G-20 Presidency from the current chair Indonesia today

As India begins its Presidency of G-20 (Grouping of 20) today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi penned a few of his thought in his blog, on how India wants to work in the coming year based on an inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive agenda to further global good. PM Modi said that it is time to get inspired by India’s spiritual tradition which advocates “oneness and work together to solve global challenges.”

PM Modi wrote, “The previous 17 presidencies of G-20 delivered significant results for ensuring macroeconomic stability, rationalizing international taxation, relieving debt-burden on countries, among many other outcomes. India will benefit from these achievements and build further upon them.

However, as India assumes this important mantle, can the G-20 go further still? Can we catalyze a fundamental mindset shift, and benefit humanity as a whole? I believe we can.”

He added, “Our mindsets are shaped by our circumstances. Throughout history, humanity lived in scarcity. We fought for limited resources because our survival depended on denying them to others. Confrontation and competition – between ideas, ideologies, and identities – became the norm.”

Highlighting India’s economic growth, he wrote, “Today, India is the fastest-growing large economy. Our citizen-centric governance model takes care of even our most marginalized citizens while nurturing the creative genius of our talented youth. We have tried to make national development not an exercise in top-down governance, but rather a citizen-led ‘people’s movement‘. We have leveraged technology to create digital public goods that are open, inclusive, and interoperable. These have delivered revolutionary progress in fields as varied as social protection, financial inclusion, and electronic payments. For all these reasons, India’s experiences can provide insights into possible global solutions.

During India’s G-20 Presidency, we shall present India’s experiences, learnings, and models as possible templates for others, particularly the developing world. Our G-20 priorities will be shaped in consultation with not just our G-20 partners but also our fellow travelers in the global south, whose voice often goes unheard.”

Further, he wrote, “India’s G-20 Presidency will work to further promote oneness, inspired by the theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’. The greatest challenges we face such as terror, climate change, and pandemic can be best fought together. India looks forward to working on encouraging sustainable lifestyles, depoliticizing the global supply of food, fertilizers, and medical products, among other subjects,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets. He also acknowledged the previous G-20 presidencies for delivering significant results and said, “I firmly believe now is the best time to go further still and catalyze a fundamental mindset shift, to benefit humanity as a whole.”

PM Modi tweeted, “Gone is the time to remain trapped in the same old zero-sum mindset, which has led to both scarcity and conflict. It is time to get inspired by our spiritual traditions which advocate oneness and work together to solve global challenges.”

Earlier, addressing the nation in the 95th episode of the Mann Ki Baat program on All India Radio, PM Modi said G-20 Presidency becomes even more special as India was awarded this responsibility during Amrit Kaal. He said India has solutions to challenges in every sphere, be it peace or unity, sensitivity towards the environment, or sustainable development. He added that the theme India has given – “One Earth, One Family, One Future” – shows the country’s commitment to Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

G-20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation representing around 85% of the global GDP, over 75% of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population. During the course of its G-20 Presidency, India will be holding about 200 meetings in 32 different sectors in multiple locations across India.

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