INDIA - A New Status Quo

Arno Froese

India is marking a year since it assumed the Group of 20 presidency. It is a moment to reflect, recommit and rejuvenate the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, or “One Earth, One family, One future.”

As we undertook this responsibility last year, the global landscape grappled with multifaceted challenges: recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, looming climate threats, financial instability and debt distress in developing nations, all amid declining multilateralism. In the midst of conflicts and competition, development cooperation suffered, impeding progress.

Assuming the G20 chair, India sought to offer the world an alternative to status quo, a shift from a gross domestic product-centric to human-centric progress. India aimed to remind the world of what unites us rather than what divides us. Finally, the global conversation had to evolve—the interests of the few had to give way to the aspirations of the many. This required a fundamental reform of multilateralism as we knew it., 30 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

India is aiming to be the second largest economy after China in the not-too-distant future. Quite naturally, “an alternative to [the] status quo” is in the works.

A Google search reveals: “Unilateralism is when one country acts alone and bilateralism is when two countries work in partnership. Multilateralism is usually defined as collaboration between several countries in pursuit of a common goal, where other parties such as civil society or the private sector may also be involved.” This is part of globalism. Here an example in simple terms: Country A produces excellent potatoes but inferior tomatoes; country B produces excellent tomatoes but inferior potatoes. When they trade with each other, it’s a win-win proposition. Based on our understanding of the prophetic Word, this will continue rather speedily to ensure that the globalist spirit will suppress nationalistic tendencies.

“Multiculturalism is both a response to the fact of cultural pluralism in modern democracies and a way of compensating cultural groups for past exclusion, discrimination, and oppression. Most modern democracies comprise members with diverse cultural viewpoints, practices, and contributions.” India’s intention to focus on “what unites us rather than what divides us,” reminds us of the EU motto, “United in Diversity.”

Scripture will and must be fulfilled in due time: “and all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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