Significance of G7 summits for leaders 

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Significance of G7 summits for leaders 

Source: The post significance of G7 summits for leaders has been created, based on the article “G7, West’s shifting political landscape and India’s growing salience” published in “Indian express” on 17th June 2024 

UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 2-international relation- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests  

Context: The article discusses criticism of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the G7 summit. It highlights the political context in both India and the West, noting Modi’s strong position compared to struggling Western leaders. It emphasizes India’s growing economic and geopolitical importance. 

What is the significance of global summits for leaders? 

Global summits are opportunities for national leaders to show their global influence to their people at home. At the G7 summit, after diplomats prepared the major work, leaders simply needed to present well and interact with each other. 

What is the Political Status of G7 Leaders? 

In the US, President Joe Biden faces a tough challenge from Donald Trump. 

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is unpopular and may struggle in the next elections. 

In the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is likely leading his party to an election loss. 

In France and Germany, leaders are challenged by rising right-wing politics. 

In Japan, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida deals with low approval rates and corruption scandals. 

Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, however, is gaining influence in Europe. 

Why is India important to the G7 now?

1. Geopolitical tensions with China: Rising tensions make India a key player.

2. Reducing dependence on China: The West seeks to diversify its economic ties.

3. Reconnecting with the Global South: India is crucial for the US and Europe to reconnect with developing countries.

What should India focus on? 

India should reflect on how to leverage its growing importance to achieve greater prosperity for its people. The political and policy establishment in India needs to consider strategies for forming a new strategic compact with the West. 

Question for practice: 

Examine the significance of India’s Prime Minister attendance at the G7 summit in light of India’s growing economic and geopolitical importance, contrasting his political status with struggling Western leaders. 

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