India calls Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam the inspiration for G20 theme despite Chinese objection
Amid reports suggesting that China
objected to the phrase ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ at a G20
meeting as it was in Sanskrit (which is not an official language of the UN), India
on Friday said it was the inspiration for the theme of the G20
under India’s Presidency.
“As you are aware, the theme of the G20
Presidency in English is One Earth
One Family One Future. This is based on our civilizational ethos of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which has received widespread support and permeates many of the initiatives that India
has brought to the G20
Agenda and this also finds a mention in the G20
logo which has the verse in Sanskrit and English,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Friday.
In the outcome document after the G20
Energy Transitions Working Group meeting in Goa on 20th July, China
apparently was reluctant to accept the phrase, arguing that Sanskrit was not recognised by the United Nations which has Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish as its official languages.
However, sources point out that China
was the only exception as the other members saw nothing wrong with it.
Several members said that India
as the chair of the G20
had the right to take a call on such matters.
However, even though the objections were raised orally, the Sanskrit phrase has been retained in the logo and letterhead of each document but the final document only had the English version.
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is the theme of India’s G20
presidency. It is inspired from the Maha Upanishad, an old Sanskrit scripture. The theme fundamentally highlights the importance of all life—human, animal, plant, and microorganism—as well as their interdependence on Earth
and across the universe. The theme also exemplifies LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), which highlights the importance of environmentally sustainable and responsible lifestyle choices, both at the individual and national level, in creating a cleaner, greener, and bluer future.
Presidency also heralds for India
the start of “Amritkaal,” a 25-year period commencing from the 75th anniversary of its independence on August 15, 2022, leading up to the centenary of its independence.
is now gearing up for the G20
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