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WorldAsiaFrom Murals to Military: New Delhi's G-20 Preparations Command Global Spotlight

From Murals to Military: New Delhi’s G-20 Preparations Command Global Spotlight

India's Diplomatic Stage Set Amidst a Blend of Tradition and Security

The G-20 summit, soon to unfold in New Delhi, is not just another diplomatic gathering; it’s a testament to India’s rising stature on the global stage. As the world’s political titans prepare to converge on the Indian capital, the country is pulling out all the stops, ensuring that this event will be remembered for years to come.

Security, a paramount concern for such high-profile events, is being handled with an iron grip. The Indian skies, usually bustling with commercial flights, will see a different kind of aerial activity. Fighter jets, a symbol of India’s military prowess, will patrol the airspace, ensuring a protective shield over the summit’s proceedings. But India’s preparations are not just about flexing its military muscle. The capital is undergoing a transformation of sorts. Underpasses, often overlooked structures, are being turned into canvases, adorned with murals that tell tales of India’s rich cultural and historical tapestry. And in a move that captures the essence of urban challenges in India, authorities are ensuring that monkeys, a common sight in government buildings, are kept at bay to prevent any unforeseen disruptions, reports Bloomberg.

The summit’s venue, the Bharat Mandapam, is more than just a meeting place. It’s a microcosm of the global community. A specially designed culture corridor within the venue will showcase the art, craft, and heritage of all G-20 nations. This corridor, a harmonious blend of physical artifacts and state-of-the-art digital displays, is set to offer attendees a journey through the diverse cultures of the world, wrote the Hindu.

But what’s a global summit without addressing the pressing issues of our time? Climate change, a challenge that knows no borders, is expected to dominate discussions. The world is at a critical juncture, facing the brunt of environmental degradation, and the G-20 summit offers a platform for collective action. India, having recently experienced the devastating effects of monsoon-induced floods, is poised to lead the charge, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts, especially for the developing nations, as published in The Times of India.

In anticipation of the summit, the city’s administration is taking pragmatic measures. A temporary suspension on most commercial delivery services has been announced, ensuring that the city’s daily rhythm remains undisturbed. However, according to the Hindu, essential services, the lifeblood of the city, will continue unhindered.

And as the saying goes, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. The G-20 summit promises to be a culinary extravaganza. Delegates will be treated to a diverse range of Indian dishes, each telling a story of its own, reflecting the country’s vast and varied gastronomic landscape.

The 2023 G20 New Delhi summit is shaping up to be an event of epic proportions. From security to culture, from pressing global issues to gastronomy, India is set to showcase its capabilities and hospitality. As the world watches, New Delhi is ready to make its mark.

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Qamar Munawer
Qamar Munawer
Associate Editor at The Eastern Herald. Ar. Qamar Munawer is currently at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany.

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