G20 Presidency to showcase India’s ‘full diversity’: Jaishankar


FM Jaishankar was addressing the G20 Festival of Thinkers Summit at Symbiosis International University in Pune…reports Asian Lite News

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday called India’s G20 Presidency an “extraordinary opportunity” for the world to see the “full diversity” of India as about 200 meetings will take place in every state of the country during the process.

He said this while addressing the G20 Festival of Thinkers Summit at Symbiosis International University in Pune. “The G20 process involves about 200 meetings, and these 200 meetings will be taking place in every state of India. We want to spread it across different regions so that this is an opportunity, really, it’s an extraordinary opportunity for actually the world to see India, the full diversity of India, because the impressions of the world very often are limited to the very sharp images of India,” Jaishankar said.

He added, “When the world often thinks India, they actually think Delhi, or maybe a little bit beyond Delhi. So, how do we get the world to appreciate this enormous diversity that we have, the great heritage, the natural wonders that we have? So the whole idea is really, do the meetings across the country, different cities, different towns, and not just for the world to see.”

Jaishankar stated, “It’s also a way today, when every state multiple, there are about 55-56 cities and towns which will be hosting G20, it’s also a way of getting India to be more and Indians to be more aware of the world.”

External Affairs Minister said, “We are gathered here today because India got the G20 presidency. G20 is a gathering of the 20 biggest economies of the World. It’s not just a collection of 20 nations. G20 presidency is a very special responsibility at a difficult moment.”

In his remarks at the G20 Festival of Thinkers Summit at Symbiosis International University in Pune, Jaishankar stated that India looks at G20 as an opportunity for people, especially the youth to develop an awareness of the world.

He said, “We look at the G 20 not just as an event, not just as a program. We see it as an opportunity that our people, our citizens, and especially our youth today develop an awareness of the world, enhance an awareness, increase their interest, and for the world to have a better understanding of India at the same time.” He stressed that the mandate of G20 is to promote economic development and growth.

Jaishankar spoke about International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Krystalina Georgieva’s remarks regarding India’s growth. He stated that Georgieva has said that 15 per cent of the world’s total growth this year is coming from India.

Jaishankar said, “I would encourage you to read a set of remarks by the managing director of the IMF, Krystalina Georgieva. She has pointed out that in what is otherwise, frankly, a fairly gloomy global economic scenario, to have a country like India with this GDP base growing at seven per cent and likely to continue, if not actually increase it in the coming decade, that is something about which the world has great expectations.”

“And, if I were to give it to you, you know, in India, I would say that, you know, we are growing at 7 per cent. Everybody feels okay. Good. I want you to see how the world looks like. Krystalina Georgieva tells us 15 per cent of the world’s growth this year is going to come from India. So we are 15 per cent singly, 15 per cent of the solution that the G20 is looking for in terms of economic growth and development,” he added.

In his remarks at the G20 Festival of Thinkers Summit, Jaishankar emphasised the importance of Aadhar card. He stated, “The Aadhar number has become like a magic number. It is the backbone on which the daily existence of millions depends. Our digital image is growing. Countries including Japan, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, and Portugal are coming to us for our talent.” (ANI)

Khajuraho hosts first G20 Culture Working Group meet

Thefirst meeting of the G-20 Culture Working Group was inaugurated in in Madhya Pradesh’s Khajuraho yesterday.

Addressing the inaugural session, Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar said that culture is very important in maintaining mutual relations. Culture has the power to unite.  He further added that culture is also effective in boosting the economy. He hoped that this platform of G20 will contribute significantly to strengthening the culture.

Union Minister of State for Culture Meenakshi Lekhi said that cultural equality and harmony in India are from our heritage. She said the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, One Earth, One Family and One Future and Integral Humanism are very old and India has always stood by them.

Ms Lekhi informed that 25 idols have been brought back to India from abroad. During this first meeting of the Culture Working Group, various topics will be discussed. The meeting will continue till the 25th of this month.

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