ICCR’s role in enhancing the strong and productive relationship between the
nations is worth mentioning. India is mother country to most of its neighbor and
other African and Asian countries too. Its greatness he has in the fact, the
motherly attitude and concern is found among most of its highest officers and
officials who had the prominent places being so grateful, to such a motherly
country with fatherly affection.
Unity in Diversity – a short and common phrase envelops an entire world in it. A
true image of unity in diversity is presented by the people of India. India is a
country of many ethnic groups, a number of languages, dialects, regional
variations; a land of myriad tongues etc., For the most part, the continental
size of the country accounts for the variations and diversities.
The country has also made a remarkable progress in the field of medical
research, thereby providing medical assistance to countries like ours at a
minimal cost. We are greatly indebted to the great nation.
In respect of religion in India, there is no end of its range. India is the
place of reunion of many religions and languages of the world. Great spiritual
leaders and reformers like Swami Vivekananda and Raja Ram Mohan Roy worked
incessantly as the harbinger of a new age.
It is the dynamism and the flexibility that have enabled Indian culture to
survive despite its many diversities and heavy odds. Through these diversities
runs a common stream, as it were, and the similarity and unity of outlook can be
noticed across the length and breadth of the nation. Indian culture is actually
a continuous synthesis, and has absorbed many external influences in the course
Another notable characteristic of Indian culture is that it has always been
based on moral, religious and ethical values. The shades of these are found even
in the field of education. Apart from these, modern infrastructures and teachers
with adequate training are facilitating cutting-edge delivery of content; and
today, India is attracting students from Afghanistan, Africa, China, Japan,
Maldives, Canada, France, Iran, Iraq, Germany, Australia, UK and USA. This
unbelievable progress in the educational scenario also includes low costs of
tuition as compared to the western countries.
The ICCR was one of the first Government instruments to take off as early as
1950 with this lofty objective. Addressing its inaugural function on 9th April
1950, post-independent India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had
emphasised this pre-eminent cultural role when he said that he “always looked
forward to furthering the cause of India’s cultural association, not only with
the neighbouring countries to the East and West but with the wider world
outside.’ For Nehru, this reaching out to the world culturally was crucial, it
was essential if India was to again regain her cultural spaces across the globe
and especially in her immediate vicinity, ‘it is not a question of merely
wanting such cultural association or considering it good’ Nehru pointed out, ‘it
is rather a question of the necessity of the situation which is bound to worsen
if nothing is done to prevent it.”
We feel proud to be a part of this rich culture to admire and appreciate the
Panchsheela principles which is deep imprinted in Indian foreign Policy by 1st
PM of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and the Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam doctrine of
foreign policy inspired by H.E. Shri Narendra Modi, esteemed PM of India in his
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations have made exorbitant efforts to
strengthen multilateral relations between India and rest of the world.
we find that people are extremely good, generous and mindful of others, at point
of time we need. weare really privileged to be here in India a country of great
freedom of life and religion.
Written By: Sayed Qudrat Hashimy - ICCR Sponsored Students, Under Special
Scholarships Scheme for Afghanistan, Student of 1st Year LL M (International
Law), Department of studies in Law, University of Mysore, Mysore
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