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G20 presidency gives India opportunity to focus on global good, PM Modi says in Mann Ki Baat

India is capable of providing solutions to challenges being faced globally, he asserts. PM lauds launch of rocket Vikram-S, saying it is testament to our manufacturing prowess.

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New Delhi: India will assume leadership of the influential G20 on 1 December which is a huge opportunity to deliver for global good and welfare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the latest episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’.

In his monthly address to the nation, the Prime Minister also said India is capable of providing solutions to the diversity of challenges being faced globally. “We have to make full use of this opportunity and focus on global good, world welfare. Be it peace, unity, sensitivity towards environment, or sustainable development, India has the solution to challenges related to all such things,” he asserted.

Comprising 19 countries and the European Union, the G20 members represent more than 80 per cent of world GDP, 75 per cent  of international trade and 60 per cent of the world’s population. At the G-20 summit held in Bali, PM Modi took the symbolic ‘G20 Gavel’ from Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“I urge all of you to join G20 in one way or the other. The Indian logo of the G20 can be made, can be printed, in a very cool way, in a stylish way, on clothes,” he said in the 95th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

The G20 logo is a lotus, with the message of  ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — One Earth, One Earth, One Family, One Future’.

Modi then extended his gratitude to a weaver from Telengana, who gifted him a self-woven logo of G20. Praising Veldi Hariprasad Garu who is from Rajanna Sircilla district, the prime minister said he was “surprised to receive the gift” and impressed by his skills.

He then went on to highlight India’s recent achievements, particularly the “historic launch” of Vikram-S, the first privately built rocket. “Vikram-S is a testament to our manufacturing prowess, especially with some of the parts being 3D printed in India,” Modi said.

“The launch mission of Vikram-S is aptly named ‘Parambh’ – as this is the start of the opening up of the space sector and creating new opportunities for the youth.”

The PM also highlighted the importance of preserving and taking forward India’s traditions, giving the example of Indian music which has “spread to every corner of the world.” He played a clip of an Indian song from South American nation Guyana to substantiate his point.

“We all always take pride in the fact that our country is home to the oldest traditions in the world. Therefore, it is also our responsibility to preserve our traditions and traditional knowledge, to promote it and to take it forward as much as possible,” he said.

(Edited by Tony Rai)

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