Whole world witnessed how India made a difference, by hosting the G20 Summit in India. Not only India successfully hosted the summit, but it was India’s presidency of G20 or the Group of 20 has been able to bring all member countries to the table on the issue of war in Ukraine and brought to the fore the voice of the emerging markets as moderators,v highlighting the country’s heritage as the voice of reason.
This year the theme of India’s G20 Presidency was “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth, One Family, One Future” and by being able to drive consensus among a diverse group of G20 member countries, India had played the role of a ‘competent balancer’, who can mediate through complex issues and arguments.
But however, what made a difference, was the cultural and technology display that India showcased in this G20 summit.
India, with its rich heritage and high futuristic ambitions, unfolded a spectacle that left the world in awe. From the regal elegance of sarees to the tech-savvy prowess of QR code payments, each act contributed to a grand narrative of a nation that’s not just participating but leading the charge on the world’s diplomatic and economic stage.
With that being said, let’s delve into the top 10 things that India showcased at the G20 Summit, ranging from traditional attire to technological innovations.
India’s diverse cultural tapestry is woven with a myriad of traditional attire reflecting the country’s rich heritage.
At the G20 Summit, India showcased the kaleidoscope of its culture through traditional garments such as the vibrant sarees, the regal sherwanis, and the ornate turbans. And it’s no secret be it Sambalpuri sarees, Kanjeevaram, Kolhapuri, Chikenkari, the list is long. Every Indian Fabric narrates a story of regional history, craftsmanship, and the fusion of modern and traditional aesthetics.
Indian cuisine, renowned for its rich flavours and aromatic spices, took centre stage at the G20 Summit.
Delectable dishes from different regions, such as biryanis, curries, chicken tikka butter masala, and sweets, provided a culinary journey for summit attendees. The diverse cuisine reflected India’s unity in diversity, with each dish telling a tale of regional tastes and culinary expertise.
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India, at the G20 Summit, reinforced its commitment to fostering international cooperation and diplomatic ties.
Through various initiatives and dialogues, the nation aimed to address global challenges, promote economic stability, and create a more interconnected and prosperous world. From forging consensus on the Ukraine crisis to championing the Global South, India’s diplomatic efforts aimed to build a more prosperous and inclusive future for all.
India’s rich cultural heritage was brought to life through mesmerising performances that combined traditional art forms with modern interpretations.
Dance, music, and theatrical displays showcased the diversity and vibrancy of Indian culture, leaving a lasting impression on the global audience. We even saw IMF Chief dancing to the beat of Sambalpuri folk dance.
Yoga, an ancient practice with roots in India, took centre stage as a symbol of holistic well-being. India highlighted the importance of yoga in promoting mental and physical health, underlining its potential to contribute to a healthier and more balanced global society.
From sunrise sessions led by renowned yogis to interactive workshops, the summit served as a platform for promoting physical and mental well-being. This emphasis on holistic health resonated with global leaders, highlighting India’s contribution to a world in pursuit of inner peace and physical fitness.
India used the G20 Summit as a platform to showcase its impressive economic progress. Through presentations, discussions, and exhibits, the nation emphasised its role as a major player in the global economic landscape, inviting collaboration and investment to fuel further growth.
Discussions on digital transformation, infrastructure development, and financial inclusion highlighted India’s rise as a global economic force. The focus on startups and innovation showcased the country’s commitment to fostering a vibrant ecosystem for disruptive ideas.
India’s rich literary heritage was showcased through exhibitions of classical and contemporary literature. The diversity of languages and the wealth of literary contributions were highlighted, emphasising India’s commitment to preserving and promoting its linguistic and literary diversity.
In the realm of technology, India displayed its commitment to innovation. The introduction of QR code payments showcased the nation’s strides in financial technology, emphasising its transition towards a more digital and cashless economy.
This innovation reflects India’s readiness to embrace cutting-edge technology for the benefit of its citizens and the global community.
India used the G20 Summit as a platform to reiterate its commitment to environmental sustainability and conservation.
Initiatives addressing climate change, biodiversity protection, and sustainable development were presented, emphasising the nation’s dedication to creating a greener and more sustainable future.
Nalanda University is one of the oldest universities in the world.
From the 13th century Konark temple of Odisha to the ancient Nalanda University in Bihar, the G20 Summit venue put a spotlight on the rich architectural heritage of India.
As President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the guests at a ceremonial dinner for various heads of state and other world leaders and their spouses at the Bharat Mandapam venue, a replica of the ancient Nalanda University — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in Bihar was formed the backdrop.
While greeting guests, the prime minister was also seen explaining to some of the G20 leaders, including UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, about the importance of the university.
Nalanda University represents an embrace of diversity, meritocracy, freedom of thought, collective governance, autonomy, and knowledge sharing — all aligning with the core principles of democracy.
So does Sabarmati Ashram of Gujarat which reflects India’s freedom struggle and economic self-reliance.
In the grand stage of the G20 Summit, India masterfully weaved together its cultural richness, diplomatic prowess, economic achievements, and commitment to global well-being. From traditional attire to technological innovations, each showcased element contributed to a narrative of a nation that is both rooted in tradition and eager to embrace the future. As India continues to play a significant role on the global stage, its showcase at the G20 Summit stands as a testament to its multifaceted identity and its vision for a harmonious and progressive world.