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Modi Proves How the New World Is Human-Centric, Not GDP-Centric

Sept. 4, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—In a lengthy interview with Press Trust of India (PTI) last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made remarks on the new orientation taking hold of the BRICS and nations of the Global South. Modi said that while it is true G20 is an influential grouping in terms of its combined economic might, “a GDP-centric view of the world is now changing to a human-centric one,” and just as a new world order was seen after World War 2, a new world order is now taking shape.

“The shift to a human-centric approach has begun globally and we are playing the role of a catalyst. India’s G20 Presidency has also sowed the seeds of confidence in the countries of the so-called Third World,” he said.

Getting to the core of the kind of cynicism at the center of British monetarism, Modi said this: “For a long time, India was perceived as a nation of over 1 billion hungry stomachs. But now, India is being seen as a nation of over 1 billion aspirational minds, more than 2 billion skilled hands, and hundreds of millions of young people.”

Referring to India’s centennial, he went on:

“The period till 2047 is a huge opportunity. Indians who are living in this era have a great chance to lay a foundation for growth that will be remembered for the next 1,000 years! ... By 2047, I am sure that our country will be among the developed countries. Our poor people will comprehensively win the battle against poverty. Health, education and social sector outcomes will be among the best in the world. Corruption, casteism and communalism will have no place in our national life,”

he insisted.

Modi said the model which can be a guiding path in the world is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas”—meaning “Together, for everyone’s growth, with everyone’s trust.”

The Prime Minister also told PTI that India is backing the inclusion of the African Union as a full member in the G20. Africa is “top priority” for India, Modi said, and we will work for the inclusion of those in global affairs who feel their voices are not being heard.

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