This weekend, world leaders met in India for the G-20 summit. When they visited the Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, they received a gift from the Prime Minister of the host country, Narendra Modi.
Each of the world leaders received a hand-woven khadi scarf. This symbolizes Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence, which contributed to India gaining its independence from British rule in 1947.
Modi himself is said to have placed scarves around the necks of his colleagues. He writes that this action has attracted interest internationally CNN.
It symbolizes the struggle for independence
In the war against British rule, the khadi scarf is said to have had great political importance. It was a symbol of independence, and was originally designed to boycott goods imported or produced in Britain during the colonial era.
The scarf showed that the Indians would be able to develop their own industry, and would free the country from dependence on the colonial government.
When nations come together, Gandhi’s timeless ideals will guide our collective vision of a harmonious, inclusive, and prosperous global future, writes Modi. X after the meeting.
Gandhi’s desire was to create a secular India. However, the country was divided between the Hindu and Muslim part of the population. When British rule ended in 1947, Pakistan, which had a Muslim majority, was divided into separate dominions.
The following year, Gandhi was assassinated by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse.
India did not become an independent republic within the Commonwealth of Nations until 1949.
More important than ever
US President Joe Biden says in statement on X It is an honor to visit the Raj Ghat memorial to lay a wreath with other G20 leaders.
– Mahatma Gandhi’s message of non-violence, respect and truth is more important than ever – I hope it continues to inspire the world and be the foundation for the bond between our two countries.
Disappointed with the statement
During the summit, the G20 countries reached a joint declaration addressing, among other issues, climate change, the global economy and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Despite the differences, world leaders decided that no country should use force in Ukraine to increase its territory. Threats to use nuclear weapons are also unacceptable.
But Russia’s role in the war was not mentioned in the declaration.
The absence of both the country’s President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping from the meeting was evident.
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