September 4, 2023

G20 country positions explained—Bollywood style

With G20 around the corner, you must be wondering what each country is doing. Worry not, we got you.

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India—the grand old country of joint families—is hosting the G20 Summit on the 9th and 10th of September in New Delhi. The chosen theme is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which translates to ‘the world is one family’.

So naturally, we had to fill you in on some extended family undercurrents. Now you know who’s who and what the goss is about them.

1. Russia

The uncle who is holding onto property that does not belong to them.

Amrish Puri angry-g20
Picture courtesy: Miss Kyra

2. Italy

The chacha who eats all the food and then says isse achcha toh hum ghar pe banaate hai.
Every. Single. Time.

Ranveer Singh eating-g20
Picture courtesy:

3. China

The dadi everyone fears but will never admit to fearing.

Jaya Bachchan in sari-g20

4. Canada

The foreign cousin (married into the family) who is constantly trying to soak up Indian culture.

Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai praying-g20

5. European Union

Distant relatives who don’t mingle with anyone but turn up in a big group for every event.

Scene from 3 idiots where they are eating at a wedding-g20

6. USA

The fanciest family member (most expensive cars, shoes, jewellery) who is secretly in debt.

a shirtless Hrithik Roshan fishing-g20

7. Korea

Your cousin’s cousin, roaming around in athleisure wear, insisting that there needs to be more dance numbers.

man in bandana and streetwear dancing_g20

8. South Africa

Invited because one sibling is married to an African and this is the family’s chance to show that they’re not racist.

Africans in Indian clothes-g20
Picture courtesy: DNA

9. Brazil

The bahurani-in-waiting learns the ropes from Indian jethani on how to host the next event.

Hrithik, SRK, Kajol, and Kareena dancing-g20

What’s India’s role in this?

Well, like all illustrious families, we are taking care of what must be the most important factor—‘beautification’ projects for the guests.

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Saloni Meghani is an editorial consultant at IDR. She has been a journalist, editor, and writer for more than 25 years. She has worked with organisations such as The Telegraph, The Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, Netscribes, the Tata Group, ICICI, and NYU. Saloni has a master’s in literature from the University of Mumbai and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

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Smita Vanniyar

Smita V works at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology. Their current curiosities are around the intersections of queerness-caste-race, facial recognition, surveillance and AI, feminist infrastructures, and knowledge bridges. A Project Coordinator, Women's Rights Programme (WRP) at the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), she is based in New Delhi, India. He holds a Masters degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. They can generally be found wandering the cyberspace, or hunting for good coffee.