In the run-up to the most recent Leaders' Summit in New Delhi, India's G20 gatherings have highlighted the country's robust democracy and cultural diversity to hundreds of international participants.

The world's attention has been drawn to India's intention to convene over 230 meetings in 60 different places while it holds the G20 Presidency. In the run-up to the final Leaders' Summit in New Delhi, India's G20 gatherings have exhibited India's vibrant democracy and rich cultural diversity to hundreds of international delegates from Itanagar in the east to Gandhinagar in the west, and from Srinagar in the north to Chennai in the south. The same conferences have stimulated national public engagement in promoting India's G20 presidency, filling people with pride and giving them a chance to place their towns on the map of top-tier diplomacy.

It's important to note that Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a key role in making India's G20 presidency a forum for unprecedented public involvement. His ideas have effectively democratised the procedure, transforming it into a "people's presidency."

Pointing Out Territorial Cohesion

India has been able to tie together all the facets of its diversity and present a holistic picture of this vast country to a plethora of international delegates by detaching from a Delhi-centric approach to diplomacy and democratising the country's participation in the G20 meetings, effectively dispelling any misconceptions about its culture, democracy, and territorial unity. These gatherings exposed the globe to India's enormous tourist potential. The IT and industrial centres of the main economy with the quickest rate of growth were also live-streamed.

Two G20 summits held during India's chairmanship stand notable because they generated international conversation: one in Kashmir and one in Arunachal Pradesh.

The ethereal beauty of Kashmir was showcased to 60 foreign delegates at the Third Tourism Working Group (TWG) conference in Srinagar. The Kashmiri people actively took part in the event, displaying their friendliness and hospitality. As Kashmir's tourist potential was made public on a worldwide scale, this was a defining moment for the region.

The G20 summit was one of the largest international gatherings conducted in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) since Article 370 was repealed in August 2019, depriving the territory of its semi-autonomous status. It was interpreted as a confirmation of the region's importance to India on a global scale.

To China's dismay, a G20 summit was conducted in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, in March. More than 100 delegates travelled to the territory that China claims as its own. China skipped the two-day programme, but every other country sent a representative.

The people of Arunachal Pradesh were able to take part in crucial diplomatic negotiations and express their patriotism as the northeastern state highlighted its Himalayan grandeur and cultural diversity.

Highlighting The Nature, Culture, And Economic Prowess Of India

India is a place of many different cultures. It is the origin of all faiths. It is also a vast region with a diversified geography, including the snow-capped Himalayas, lush green hills, dense forests, enormous rivers, and a lengthy coastline. The Taj Mahal is frequently portrayed in clichéd ways, especially in foreign films where the Taj Mahal is often in the background. Having a series of gatherings spread out across the vastness of the nation was the only way to truly convey the majestic richness of the Indian soil.

Through the G20 summits, India has demonstrated a visionary approach to presenting its diversity. On the international scene, India has been portrayed as a varied country. Punjab's Sikh history was showcased at Amritsar and Chandigarh. Rishikesh, in the Himalayan foothills next to the Ganges River in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, emphasised its spiritual significance and scenic attractiveness for Hindu pilgrims and foreign visitors. Pink City, Jaipur, and Blue City, Jodhpur, both displayed the rich Rajasthani culture and ancient forts. The breathtaking architectural splendour of ancient India was exhibited in Khajuraho. Delegates observed Varanasi, which hosted the Culture Ministers' conference, thriving in all the colours of its legacy and took a trip back in time through India's most glorious and tragic periods in history.

Delegates witnessed India's IT expertise in action in Hyderabad and Bengaluru, India's Silicon Valley. The world witnessed at Thiruvananthapuram the coexistence of India's majestic old temples with contemporary space power.

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Ensuring Public Participation

In his monthly Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi said, “Our Presidency of G-20 is a People’s Presidency, in which the spirit of public participation is at the forefront. More than 1.5 crore people are associated with the events being organised across the country regarding this.”

The G20 summit has significantly improved India's main cities. It has also assisted in bringing domestic tourists to these cities. Numerous people are going to exhibitions like the "Mother of Democracy" exhibition in Delhi. At numerous G20 events, PM Modi has taken the initiative to ensure public engagement. He has continuously underlined the need of public engagement in national and international efforts, whether it be in the health, technology, or other areas.