In his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat, the PM said the country must utilise the opportunity by focusing on global good. “…the presidency of G20 has arrived as a big opportunity for us. We have to make full use of this opportunity and focus on global good, world welfare. Whether it is peace or unity, sensitivity towards the environment, or sustainable development, India has solutions to challenges related to these. The theme that we have given ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ shows our commitment to ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’,” he said.
Modi elaborated on how the G20 has a partnership comprising two-thirds of the world’s population, three-fourths of world trade, and 85% of world GDP. India is going to preside over this group from December 1. “What a great opportunity has come for India, for every Indian! This becomes even more special because India was awarded this responsibility during ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal (75th year of India’s independence’),” the PM said.
India will host several programmes related to G20 in different parts of the country in the coming days. Stating that during this period, people from different parts of the world will visit different states, Modi said, “I am sure that you will bring the diverse and distinctive colours of your culture to the world and you also have to remember that the people coming to the G20, even if they come now as delegates, are tourists of the future.”
Modi also hailed the development last week of India sending its first such rocket into space that was designed and prepared by the country’s private sector. “The name of this rocket is ‘Vikram-S’. As soon as this first rocket of the indigenous space startup made a historic flight from Sriharikota, the heart of every Indian swelled with pride,” the PM said.
Modi urged students and youngsters to join events related to India’s G20 presidentship “in one way or the other”.