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he article, ‘Global South Sculpting G20 to New World Order’ explains the inner intricacies of G20 in a very lucid manner. I thank the authors for breaking down this complex grouping into understandable sections. The JURZLQJLQĂ€XHQFHRI%5,&6WKRXJK a dampener to the US aspirations, is exactly what the 21st century demands. With the majority of world population living in this ‘global south’ it is pertinent for the countries OLNHRXUV ,QGLD&KLQDHWF WRWDNH charge of the situation and think for RXUEHQHÂżWDQGDVSLUDWLRQVZKLOH decisions are being made at these high echelons. Hema Nandi, Bangalore

India needs to Step up its Efforts


ndia’s constant effort to rise as a support center in Asia is being WKZDUWHGE\&KLQDDWDOPRVWHYHU\ point. The recent sale of the nuclear reactor to Pakistan is probably the hardest blow to India. Despite being LQWKH816HFXULW\&RXQFLODQGEHLQJ fully aware of Pakistan’s vulnerable GHPRFUDF\&KLQDZHQWIRUZDUGZLWK the deal! India too should step up its

efforts for its own security. It must work promptly to gain allies in the region so that its position remains secure. Any threat from Pakistan with LWVLQFUHDVHGFR]LQHVVIURP&KLQDRU vice versa should not be overlooked. Pankaj Saini, Navi Mumbai

Moving with Legs Chained?


thoroughly enjoyed reading the article ‘Ascendancy of Social Media.’ I thank the magazine for providing a peek into the inner happenings of &KLQD7KHRQHSDUW\JRYHUQPHQWLV taking strides to make its mark on the global landscape. However, it has its pitfalls as growth is unhealthy without freedom. It is only a matter of time EHIRUHWKH&KLQHVH\RXWKJHWVH[SRVHG to the culture of expression. We do get to hear about the dissent that general public has on the prevention of expression. It is just a matter of few years, I think, after which these pent up feelings for expression will HUXSW%XWLQWKHVDPHEUHDWK, DGPLUHWKH&KLQHVHLQJHQXLW\DQG hard work in coming up with native social media sites. Its popularity is amazing. Such technological advances go on to prove that the West can’t dictate in every realm. Deepshika Malhotra, Noida

Despite Harmony, no Peace


ndia has a moderate policy in international affairs. The philosophy of ‘neutrality’ and ‘peace’ as well as ‘dispute settlement through mutual understanding’ has, by and large, guided India in foreign policy PDWWHUV&KLQDWRRWRHVWKHOLQHRI ‘peace’ and ‘harmonious’ existence. The two should then work closely IRUDSRVLWLYHLQĂ€XHQFHWKHUHJLRQ An offensive relationship is not the INFOCUS




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hina’s move in arming Pakistan with nuclear reactors shows an ambiguity between the country’s call for ‘peaceful rise ’. As a leading nation of South Asia and as a member RIWKH816HFXULW\&RXQFLO&KLQD should recognize its responsibility in contributing to stability in its neighboring countries. With the NATO armies moving out of Afghanistan , this particular move of helping Pakistan’s nuclear program can not only lead to problems in our country but in South West Asia as ZHOODQGLWVWLPH&KLQDUHDOL]HVWKDW Gautam Kapoor, Delhi

Mandarin is the New Toast


s. Usha Sahoo’s article on HSK tests was a delight to read. I am currently a beginner in Mandarin and to be able to comprehend the WLWOHRIWKHDUWLFOH $WR=RI+6.  gave me great joy. It was nice to know the inputs and suggestions given by those who are at advanced levels and it gives me more inspiration WROHDUQDQGPDVWHUWKH&KLQHVH language. I thank you on behalf of my batch-mates as we now have a better understanding of our future prospects and what we could achieve via taking the HSK tests. Thanks again! Somsukla Biswas, Kolkata

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