India set to take over the G20 presidency on December 1 . More than 40 mission heads and international organisations met in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the G20 curtain raiser .
Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) India (November 25, 2015: With India set to take over the G20 presidency on December 1, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are gearing up for its curtain raiser.On Friday, more than 40 mission heads and international organisations met in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the G20 curtain-raiser.The delegation took a tour of the Cellular Jail, where British author and ideologue Veer Savarkar was incarcerated.Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India's G20 coordinator, and Amitabh Kant, the G-20 Sherpa, accompanied the delegates on the trip.You may recall that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Bali for the G20 Summit, he told the Indonesian President that we are not 90 nautical miles apart, but 90 nautical miles apart.So that 90 nautical kilometers of coastline are lying right here, right in the Andamans.This is also a symbolic act.Andaman is the closest to Indonesia, according to Andaman, since it is a pan-India initiative. In the meantime, G-20 Sherpa said, We have begun our journey from Andamans because there are unsung freedom fighters who were detained in India's cellular jail.We thought it fitting that many of our freedom fighters, including Veer Savarkar, who was imprisoned here, should share their stories with all of the international journalists and ambassadors, as well as leading international organizations and all the interested parties, and, better yet, Indonesia, which held the last presidency, is just 90 square miles away.Lastly, the feel and taste of the unique Andaman islands.We will tell them how positive and how progressive India's presidency will be, he said. For someone in my position, it is important to witness and celebrate some of the vile offences that have been committed there.I pay attention to and appreciate it, he said.