By Jianli Yang and Sean Woo – Sep 11, 2023

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts that can be loosely translated into English as “One Earth, One Family, One Future” — is a core philosophy of India.

Interestingly, China has objected to India’s inclusion of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam at the bottom of the G20 logo. China is the only participating country to object to the use of the phrase. What China objects to is not the slogan per se, but the very concept of universal values and rights that it implies.

This is precisely where the China-led and India-led Global South diverge in their development paths and the difference they would ultimately make.

The wise and visionary policymakers of the Global North must recognize this essential difference. India is the world’s largest democracy — and, despite serious flaws, it is fundamentally a liberal, democratic country… [Continue Reading]