With a focused strategy to address a few fundamental problems, India can prove its mettle as a bridge builder and solution provider.
Sreeram Chaulia, Professor and Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana.
As India takes over leadership of the G20, it has to reckon with what Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has labelled as “a time when the world is simultaneously grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices, and the long-term ill-effects of the pandemic”.
Extreme polarisation between Russia and the West, intensifying rivalry between China and the United States, and the huge gulf between the G7 sub-group and the remaining emerging economies in the G20 about developmental and environmental priorities pose existential challenges to multilateralism.
Yet, India’s hosting of the G20 need not be seen as a poisoned chalice or a crown of thorns. With a focused strategy to address three fundamental problems, India can prove its mettle as a bridge builder and solution provider.
Published in: Hindustan Times
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