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Morning Briefing: Insights into ‘Bharat’ in G20 Magazine, Warning from Bengal Governor, and More – Catch Up on the Latest News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in Session-2 on ‘One Family’ during the G20 Summit 2023 at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s use of the “Bharat” country tag during his opening remarks at the G20 Summit grabbed attention on Saturday morning, following an invite by President Droupadi Murmu referring to the “President of Bharat”. A magazine titled “Bharat: The Mother of Democracy”, distributed at the G20 Summit, underscores “Bharat” as the official name, signaling a shift in international recognition.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in Session-2 on 'One Family' during the G20 Summit 2023 at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in Session-2 on ‘One Family’ during the G20 Summit 2023 at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi


The magazine delves into India’s history, dating back to the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization and acknowledging the Ramayana and Mahabharata as real historical eras. It discusses key periods, including Buddhism, Jainism, and the Vijayanagar Empire. Notably, it highlights Mughal Emperor Akbar’s democratic approach. The magazine reinforces India’s desire to be known as “Bharat” on the global stage.

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose has escalated tensions with the state government by hinting at significant action at midnight. He signed two confidential letters, one for the state secretariat, Nabanna, and the other for the Centre, without disclosing their content. This move came after a public spat between the governor and the state’s Education Minister Bratya Basu, who accused Bose of attempting to undermine higher education and running a “puppet regime” in universities. Basu had also mocked the governor as the “new vampire in town” in response to Bose’s warning of impending action. The conflict revolves around the appointment of interim vice-chancellors in state-run universities, a move criticized by the chief minister.

The G20 Delhi Declaration successfully navigated the controversial issue of Ukraine, showcasing India’s diplomatic prowess. The section on geopolitics, titled “For the planet, peace, and prosperity,” acknowledges global suffering due to wars and conflicts and specifically mentions Ukraine. It avoids singling out Russia’s aggression, instead opting for a generic statement about refraining from the use of force for territorial acquisition. The text emphasizes that geopolitical issues have significant economic consequences.

It highlights the impact of the Ukraine war on global food and energy security, supply chains, and economic stability, especially for developing countries recovering from COVID-19. The declaration also references the Black Sea Grain Initiative and calls for the safe transportation of grain and foodstuffs from Ukrainian ports. While the language doesn’t provide a definitive resolution to the Ukraine conflict, it opens room for substantive discussions. Ukraine’s foreign ministry criticized the text for not mentioning Russia but appreciated efforts by allies to advocate for Ukraine’s position.

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