A Fragmented World Cannot Offer Solutions to Humanity’s Challenges, PM Modi Warns:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9th G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit (P20) in New Delhi, which is being hosted by the Indian Parliament under India’s G20 Presidency. The summit’s theme is ‘Parliaments for One Earth, One Family, One Future.’
During his address, PM Modi extended a warm welcome to the dignitaries attending the G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit on behalf of India’s 1.4 billion citizens. He described the summit as a gathering of various parliamentary practices from around the world, emphasizing the wealth of parliamentary experience represented by the attendees.
Referring to India’s festive season, the Prime Minister noted that the G20 spirit had enlivened the country throughout the year, with G20-related events taking place in various cities during India’s presidency. These celebrations were complemented by significant milestones such as Chandrayaan’s moon landing, the successful G20 summit, and the P20 summit. PM Modi stressed that the strength of any nation lies in its people and their determination, making this summit a means to celebrate that spirit.
The Prime Minister underscored that the P20 Summit was held in a land known for being the birthplace of democracy and the world’s largest democracy. He emphasized the importance of debates and discussions, providing historical examples of such practices. PM Modi highlighted that India’s ancient Vedas and scriptures mention assemblies and committees that made collective decisions for societal betterment. Citing examples from history, he referenced Rigveda, India’s oldest scripture, and an inscription in Tamil Nadu dating back to the 9th century that detailed rules and codes for village legislatures, including disqualification criteria for members.
PM Modi also discussed the Anubhav Mantappa tradition, which has been ongoing in India since the 12th century, predating the Magna Carta. He emphasized the tradition’s encouragement of discussions where people of all castes, creeds, and religions had the freedom to express their thoughts, making India’s parliamentary heritage a source of pride, not only for the nation but for the entire world.