Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday responded to the controversy over a lotus in the logo of India’s G20 presidency, saying that the flower was part of the country’s cultural identity, PTI reported.
Last week, the Congress had alleged that the Centre used the lotus in the logo in a bid to promote the Bharatiya Janata Party. The lotus is also the Hindutva party’s election symbol.
“The truth is that the Government of India, in 1950, had declared lotus as a national flower,” Singh said on Sunday. “And they did so because lotus is a symbol of our cultural identity.”
The presidency of the G20, or Group of 20 countries, is assumed by its members on a rotational basis. India will assume the presidency from the current chair Indonesia on December 1.
After releasing the logo on November 8, a press release from the prime minister’s office had stated that it draws inspiration from the vibrant colours of India’s national flag – saffron, white and green, and blue.
“It juxtaposes planet Earth with the lotus, India’s national flower that reflects growth amid challenges,” the statement noted. “The Earth reflects India’s pro-planet approach to life, one in perfect harmony with nature.”
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