The grand ceremonial parade celebrating India’s 75th Republic Day witnessed a dazzling display as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) showcased the nation’s G20 presidency in its tableau, featuring the majestic ‘Nalanda Maha Vihara’ adorned with the G20 Logo. The procession unfolded along Kartavya Path in the national capital, capturing the essence of India’s achievements and global engagements.
Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar, expressed his admiration for the MEA tableau on social media, posting, “Great to see the MEA tableau of G20 at the #RepublicDay Parade. What an year it was!” The tableau not only symbolized India’s diplomatic prowess but also marked the nation’s significant role in leading the G20 in the past year.
The front portion of the tableau showcased ‘Nalanda Maha Vihara,’ an ancient seat of learning, with the G20 Logo prominently featured. This artistic representation highlighted India’s rich cultural heritage and its modern diplomatic engagements on the global stage.
The theme of G20 under India’s presidency was ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or one Earth, One Family, One Future that affirms the value of all life and their interconnectedness on our planet. Last September, India successfully hosted the G20 summit in the national capital, hosting over 40 global leaders and their delegations.
The trailer depicts major achievements based on the Presidency priorities. Indian Presidency’s decision to make African Union a full member is shown by joining of hands in Namaste mudra, one showing Indian and another African Union’s flags.
The sides have #Life (Lifestyle for Environment) installations. Financial transactions over two mobile phones depict India’s success in Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI). A tree coming out of heap of coins depict the Green Development. On the sides, value of millets as super-food is depicted with Queen of Millets.
Notably, 2023 was declared the ‘International Year of Millets’ by the United Nations, at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Spiral upward movement of woman from across the world depicted Women-led-development.
The tableau also presents ‘Bharatmandapam’, the place where the G20 summit took place last September. The Leaders Summit culminated here after which the New Delhi Declaration was adopted with full consensus.
Right below is a replica of Konark wheel symbolising continuous progress, which served as the backdrop for Prime Minister’s welcome handshake with G20 leaders.
With the successful People’s Presidency under PM Modi’s leadership, India emerged as ‘Vishwa Mitra’.
Throughout India’s presidency, raising the voice of Global South and developing nations was at the forefront of New Delhi’s agenda. India’s theme for the G20 Presidency was also ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’, whose Sanskrit translation goes as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.
PM Modi had said that India’s G20 Presidency has become a symbol of inclusion both inside and outside the country, adding that it has become “People’s G20” in India and crores of citizens are connected with it.
The MEA tableau added a diplomatic dimension to the festivities, emphasizing India’s growing influence and leadership in the international arena.
As the tableau rolled down Kartavya Path, spectators and viewers witnessed a spectacular fusion of history, diplomacy, and contemporary global engagement. The MEA’s portrayal of India’s G20 Presidency served as a proud moment, encapsulating the nation’s journey towards becoming a key player in shaping the global narrative.