A nation needs a leader who can bring the prospects of that particular region onto the global stage. For India, the leader has arrived in the form of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and that was quite visible at the recently concluded G20 summit. The Bali summit was all about India and its interests, elevating India to the status of global leader.
G20 summit and its agenda
The Bali summit was a keenly watched one, as it was taking place amidst one of the severe crises of modern-day India. For the unversed, the G20 is a strategic platform connecting the world’s major developed and emerging economies, and the G20 members represent more than 80 percent of the world’s GDP, 75 percent of international trade, and 60 percent of the world’s population.
It was formed in 1999 to discuss policies that could help achieve international financial stability.
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India: The New President of G20 summit
The Bali summit took place under the leadership of Indonesia. On the concluding day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo officially handed over the presidency of the influential bloc to India. From December this year, India will assume the presidency for a year and chair over 200 meetings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India’s presidency would be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented. He noted that India was taking the charge at a time when the world was grappling with geopolitical tensions, an economic slowdown, and rising food and energy prices.
What drew attention was PM Modi’s emphasis on India’s role as the leader of global south. He said, “It is on this basis that we will build the blueprint of our G20 presidency together with all the friends of the global south who have been India’s co-travellers on the path of development for decades.”
The PM highlighted that India can act as a bridge between the developed world and the emerging economies of the “Global South” and categorically stated that there should be no first world or third world, but only one world.
The meetings and their significance
As the supreme leader was out, the Indians were expecting some treat for their eyes, and they were not disappointed as the G20 bloc together echoed PM Modi’s “this era is not for war” and why there is a need to resolve the Ukraine crisis through diplomacy. In addition, PM Modi held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
As part of the UK’s Indo-Pacific focus at the G20 summit, Rishi Sunak green lit a new youth mobility partnership scheme that will offer 3,000 visas to Indians, emphasising that the UK was still committed to the trade deal.
Some photos also came as a complementary delight to Indians. PM Modi’s photo of himself planting mangrove saplings sent a strong message about India’s commitment to combating climate change. PM Modi then met with world leaders including US President Joe Biden, French President Emanuel Macron, and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
A video surfaced that showed Biden approaching him the G7 way. For the unversed, Biden has been seen approaching PM Modi at a time when India has rejected toeing the West’s line and has abstained from taking a side. The case with Macron was no different. Taking the Galwan misadventure into account, the visuals from PM Modi and Xi Jinping’s exchange also enchanted India’s might on the global stage.
India: The leader of the Global South
As India made its entry into the Bali summit, one thing was clear: the focus of the leadership would be prosperity and peace in the global south. This was also marked in PM Modi’s address while unveiling the logo, website, and agenda of the presidency under the theme of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
India becoming the voice of the global south would further add to its global stature, and now not only an Asian nation, which is India, but the entire Global South could act as one bloc under New Delhi’s leadership, which has already begun with India’s G20 presidency.
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