India's G20 Presidency Ignites Post-Pandemic Global Change

 India's G20 Presidency Ignites Post-Pandemic Global Change

As India prepares to host the significant G20 Summit in New Delhi this weekend, Prime Minister Modi has emphasized India's philosophy of a universal family that transcends borders, languages, and ideologies. In a column for the Indian Express, he elaborated on how India's G20 Presidency has acted as a catalyst for changes in the global order in the post-pandemic world.

Prime Minister Modi began by explaining India's vision encapsulated in the phrase "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam," which means "the world is one family." This outlook promotes global progress as a unified human family, going beyond divisions and differences. During India's G20 Presidency, this philosophy translated into a call for human-centered progress.

Discussing the shifts in the world order following the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi identified three crucial changes. First, there is a growing recognition of the need to shift from a GDP-centric view to a human-centric perspective. Second, the world is increasingly valuing resilience and reliability in global supply chains. Third, there is a collective push to enhance multilateralism through the reform of global institutions.

PM Modi emphasized that India's G20 Presidency has played a pivotal role in catalyzing these changes. He highlighted that when India assumed the G20 leadership from Indonesia in December of the previous year, he emphasized the necessity for a mindset shift within the G20 to bring the aspirations of marginalized developing countries, the Global South, and Africa into the mainstream.

PM Modi pointed out the significance of initiatives like the "Voice of Global South Summit," which involved participation from 125 countries, to gather input and ideas from the Global South. Additionally, India's G20 Presidency witnessed increased participation from African countries and advocated for the African Union's inclusion as a permanent member of the G20.

He stressed that in an interconnected world, challenges across various domains are interconnected.

Regarding India's approach to climate action, PM Modi highlighted the country's historical commitment to living in harmony with nature and contributing to climate action. He advocated for a shift from a solely restrictive approach to climate change to a more constructive one, focusing on actionable solutions.

PM Modi also underscored that India's impressive economic growth is not coincidental but the result of simple, scalable, and sustainable solutions that have empowered vulnerable and marginalized populations.

He celebrated the role of Indian women in the country's progress, noting their leadership in various sectors and their contribution to shifting the narrative from the development of women to women-led development. India's G20 Presidency is working towards bridging the gender digital divide, reducing labor force participation gaps, and promoting a greater role for women in leadership and decision-making.

In conclusion, PM Modi emphasized that India's G20 Presidency is more than just a diplomatic endeavor; it represents India's commitment to sharing its experience as a diverse democracy with the world.

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