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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


 Source: TH

 Context: The Ministry of External Affairs has defended the inclusion of the Sanskrit term “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (The world is one family) in the G-20 logo.

  • Moreover, India will use the English version of the phrase – “One Earth, One Family, One Future” – in summary documents and outcome statements.

Meaning of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam?

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is the phrase that finds its origin in the Maha Upanishad, essentially meaning “the world is family”. It emphasizes the interconnectedness and unity of all people and nations, promoting a sense of global harmony, cooperation, and shared responsibility for the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants.


Why has China objected to its use?

China objected to non-UN languages like Sanskrit in G-20 texts. The G-20’s working language is English. Official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish


Importance of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” in Indian Foreign Policy:

Broad Conveyance of Global NormsConveys India’s ideals and liberal global norms.
Represents themes of globalization and global commons.
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)India’s commitment to global peace by not aligning with blocs.
Ensures sovereignty and autonomy in foreign relations.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)Advocates for open knowledge sharing instead of monopolization.
Fosters equitable access to innovations for societal benefit.
Vaccine DiplomacyDonated vaccines globally, emphasizing global well-being.
Demonstrates humanitarian and cooperative approach.
International Aid in CalamitiesProvided relief packages promptly
Exhibits solidarity and support during crises.
India Peace Keeping ForcesDeploys forces for UN-sanctioned peacekeeping missions.
Contributes to global peace and stability.