First ever G-20 booth in India opened at Imphal

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Imphal: The G-20 photo booth opened at Hapta Kangjeibung, Manipur Sangai Festival venue at Imphal, is the first G-20 booth unveiled in the country.

This was said by Union minister of External Affairs Dr S. Jaishankar said at the Sangai Festival as the chief guest of the Cultural Evening at Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre of the tourism festival.

With the state people’s involvement, the G-20 has actually begun in Manipur.

“We want the G-20 to be celebrated and participated by the entire country,” Jaishankar said

India is hosting the G-20 summit in 2023.

Stressing that the G-20 is a big event, he elaborated that the government wants the G-20 event to be not only a government’s event and want people to be part of it and interact with it so it will be celebrated across the country.

As part of the inaugural of the photo booth, Jaishankar interacted with the students and explained the objective of G-20.

To the young students who attended the inaugural event, the Union minister said, “We want to show to the world the real enthusiasm, energy of the young people.”

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He said there will be multiple cities and states of India that will be hosting various events related to the G-20 and obviously Manipur will also be one of them.

“We also want to do it in a way that the people of India have a sense of relationship and ownership with the G-20,” he said, expressing hope that the people and the sate will certainly welcome the event in a grand manner.

Stating that this is an opportunity to familiarise the entire world with a sense of what India is, he elaborated that a large part of it is related with tourism promotion.

“We really think tourism promotion is one of the big untapped potential for growth in the country especially in NE and certainly festivals like this have their own attractions, he said, highlighting other attractions like nature, culture, living heritage, arts and craft.

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He assured that the MEA is firmly committed to bringing development in NE and Manipur.

The Union minister highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech and said that when the Prime Minister had asked “Us to put the colonial mentality behind us,” he had meant that “We should be who we are”.

“Our culture, our tradition, our heritage must be something that we will protect, that we will nurture, that we will build up and that we will express and pass down to the younger generation,” he added.

He elaborated on the Centre’s and the Prime Minister’s commitment to the North East and said it is not one of gesture, it is demonstrated in terms of resources, projects and in terms of attention.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the Closing Function of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2022, chief minister N. Biren Singh said.

He said the festival is being organised at 14 venues across the state and further expressed happiness with the spirit, participation and support of the people to the festival at the venues.

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“Manipur is small, but we have more than 34 communities with different dialects, different food habits, this is the beauty of India and the beauty of Manipur,” he said adding that this year the festival is organised under the theme of Festival of Oneness.

He lauded the people of the state for their behaviour during the festival and said that he has witnessed the decency, hospitality shown to the people coming from outside and cleanliness of the people of the state during the past six days.

The ultural evening was also attended by minister of state for External Affairs Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, ministers, MLAs, chief secretary among others.

Various cultural performances including a cultural mosaic of communities from North Eastern states, a dum medley by drummers from Japan and Manipur were the highlights of the event.

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