A week before hosting world leaders at the G20 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underscored that the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth) model can serve as a guiding principle in a world transitioning from a “GDP-centric approach” to one centered around humanity.
Modi stressed that regardless of a country’s GDP size, every voice holds importance in this evolving global landscape. He made these statements in an exclusive interview with PTI, highlighting the significant impacts of India’s G20 Presidency, which he described as a catalyst for a shifting world order post-Covid.
While acknowledging G20’s economic influence, Modi noted the shift towards a human-centric perspective globally. He emphasized that India’s G20 Presidency has instilled confidence in countries termed as the “Third World.” He suggested that the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ model, which has been successful in India, could provide guidance for the welfare of the world.
Modi also discussed India’s economic progress, its rising global stature, cyber-security, debt management, bio-fuel policy, UN reforms, climate change, and his vision for India in 2047. He expressed optimism that India, by 2047, will have achieved developed country status with substantial improvements in health, education, and social sectors, alongside a significant reduction in corruption, casteism, and communalism.
The Prime Minister highlighted how India’s evolution from being perceived as a nation of hunger to a nation of aspiration and skilled individuals presents a monumental opportunity until 2047. He believes that India can lay the foundation for a prosperous future that will be remembered for centuries.
Modi discussed G20’s history and its evolution in response to economic crises. However, he emphasized that when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the world realized that it faced not only economic challenges but also other pressing humanitarian issues.
India’s human-centric development model garnered global recognition for its achievements in economic growth, technological progress, institutional delivery, and social infrastructure. Modi stated that by the time India assumed the G20 presidency, its ideas and vision were perceived as a roadmap for the future.
Additionally, Modi shared how G20 meetings were held across India, allowing delegates to witness India’s diversity, democracy, and development. These interactions highlighted that many solutions to global challenges were already being successfully implemented in India.
In addressing the global debt crisis, Modi cautioned against populist measures and called for financial discipline, emphasizing that populism may yield short-term political gains but imposes long-term social and economic costs, often impacting the most vulnerable.
Furthermore, Modi advocated for United Nations reforms to better align with the contemporary world and ensure the representation of relevant voices. He voiced support for including the African Union as a full member of the G20, recognizing the importance of representing all voices in shaping the planet’s future.