On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled India’s logo, theme and website for its presidency of the G20, the lotus flower.
Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said ‘The symbol of lotus in the G20 logo is a representation of hope in these times. No matter how adverse the circumstances, the lotus still blooms.’
‘In Indian culture, both the goddesses of knowledge and prosperity are seated on a lotus. This is what the world needs the most today. Shared knowledge that helps us overcome our circumstances and shared prosperity that reaches the last person at the last mile. This is why the earth is placed on lotus too. The seven petals on the lotus in the logo are also significant. It represent the seven continents. Seven is also the number of notes in the universal language of music. In music, when the seven notes come together, they create perfect harmony,’ PM Modi added.
The Congress party on Wednesday criticized the BJP-led Union government for the choice of logo.
Congress general secretary in charge of communications, Mr. Jairam Ramesh tweeted, ‘Over 70 years ago, Nehru rejected the proposal to make Congress flag the flag of India. Now, BJP’s election symbol has become official logo for India’s presidency of G20! While shocking, we know by now that Mr. Modi & BJP won’t lose any opportunity to promote themselves shamelessly!’
The official line is that the Logo draws inspiration from the vibrant colors of India’s national flag and symbolizes India’s positive approach to growth, while recognizing the challenges affecting planet Earth.
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