CNN-News18’s G20 Town Hall explored India's G20 Theme: 'One Earth, One Family, One Future.
CNN-News18 G20 Town Hall, which took place ahead of the G20 Summit in Delhi, served as a testament to India's growing prominence on the global stage and its emergence as ‘Vishwamitra’ (Friend of the world) to maintain global harmony and peace.
The summit also explored the country’s role in driving the development agenda under the theme.
Guests including government officials, policymakers, and diplomats exchanged their views during the course of the event, underscoring global challenges and the need for collaborative solutions through discussions on culture, academics and politics.
Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, said, "It will be remembered as one of the most hospitable G20 summits. In the next 30 years, the under-30 population of India is going to add at least 30 trillion dollars to our GDP at the very least. By 2047, India will have a $35 trillion GDP and will be the driving force behind world’s growth engine in future."
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, G20 Chief Coordinator, said, "One discernible change seen in recent years is the respect with which India is received. We are hosting the presidents and prime ministers of the most influential countries in the world, and this shows a sense of growing capabilities of the country."
Shringla also emphasised India's remarkable economic growth journey. He added, "Ten years ago, we were the 10th largest economy; today, we are fifth, and in a few years, we will be the third largest in the world. “Indians today are far more respected in any part of the world than they were 10 years ago and it is because we have achieved what we have.”
Ugo Astuto, European Union’s Ambassador to India, said, “India successfully addressed critical global issues, including climate change, digital transition, women’s empowerment, and sustainable development goals that are topical to the international community, especially Europe.”
Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa and former CEO of NITI Aayog, highlighted the importance of India's G20 presidency to advance the growth of the Global South and indicated that India was well on its way to becoming the voice of both developing nations and emerging economies.
He added, “Developing nations are the key to the rest of the world. And it is this future that the world is looking at. This year 80% of the growth is coming from emerging markets. The IMF has said in the next two decades, two-thirds of the growth in economies will come from developing countries because the demographics of these nations is very young while the population in the West is ageing.”
Meenakshi Lekhi, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, underlined the significance of the G20 Summit and its lasting impact. Responding to the discussion on India's potential renaming to Bharat, she stated, "We have wasted a lot of time on this. These are interchangeable words, but a few people will try to polarise the issue."