Udaipur: The G20-related meetings that will be held across India will have a force multiplier effect on post-pandemic economic recovery and will help boost tourism by showcasing local culture of the place, said Officer on Special Duty of the G20 Operations Muktesh Pardeshi.
The G20 meetings that will be held in different cities of the country over the next twelve months will give a major boost to the country’s economic recovery. Amplifying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach, Mr Pardeshi told journalists in Udaipur that these G20 events augur well for enhancing tourism potential and strengthening cultural projection of the country. The G20 meetings will give a much- required push to the employment generation which has been affected due to Covid-19 pandemic, he stressed.
Showcasing India’s Strengths
“India’s G20 Presidency belongs to the entire nation and it is a unique opportunity to showcase India’s strengths to the entire world. There is a global curiosity and attraction towards India,” PM Modi said at the all-party meeting held in New Delhi to discuss India’s G20 presidency, which began on December 1, 2023.
“The G20 Presidency brings great opportunities for tourism and the local economy,” PM Modi said. PM Modi underlined that the G20 Presidency would help showcase parts of India beyond the conventional big metros, thus bringing out the uniqueness of each part of our nation.
Addressing journalists in Udaipur, Mr Pardeshi said that the G20 meetings that will be held under India’s presidency has become a people’s movement as masses are becoming part of the diplomatic event. He pointed out that people where the G20 events will be held are taking efforts to learn English and other foreign languages such as French.
Mr Pardeshi, a former ambassador of India to Mexico and New Zealand, underlined that the whole world is looking up to India with hope. Students, businesses and women should be brought under G20, he said.
Mother of Democracy
He stressed that India is not only the largest democracy of the world, but it is the “Mother of Democracy.” The G20 events will also help showcase the Indian culture in all its richness and diversity. Cultural diplomacy was in full flow at the first meeting of sherpas under India’s G20 presidency in Udaipur. Delegates were treated to the best of Rajasthani food, folk music and dance.
The three-day sherpa meeting focused on major priority areas of India’s G20 presidency including climate finance, digital public goods, food security, energy security and reform of multilateral institutions.
Rounding up constructive discussions of the past three days, India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant highlighted focal areas of discussion and stressed the need to reinforce collective action of the G20 nations. The overarching theme of India’s Presidency — Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One Earth. One Family. One Future – resonated throughout the proceedings.
After the substantive sessions, a tour of the renowned Crafts village, Shilpgram, was conducted for the G20 Sherpas and the delegations. Guests were captivated by its architecture, and the diversity of Rajasthani arts and crafts that was showcased. The sherpa meeting ended with a mesmerising fusion of Rajasthani music, dance and ethnic fashion show at the historic Manek Chowk in the white city of Udaipur.
- Manish Chand is Founder-CEO and Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) and India and World, a pioneering magazine focused on international affairs. He is CEO/Director of TGII Media Private Limited, an India-based media, publishing, research and consultancy company.
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