Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi inaugurated the Indo-Afghanistan Cultural week organizing a one day academic seminar on 29th November 2017 in New Delhi.

Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, Dr. Mahesh Sharam, Minister of Culture-Republic of India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India as well as ambassadors including Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and a number of academic figures from both the countries had participated in inaugural ceremony of this seminar.

Welcoming the guests to the seminar, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the depth and history of cultural relations between the two nations and added that in today’s world, Indians and Afghans have been two Asian countries whose joint fight against British empire’s culture and political captivity and domination is known to all. “Living in a joint cultural stronghold, these people were able to leave permanent memories and art to their future generations. If, from the one side Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan (Frontier Gandhi) held the invincible sword of non-violence and fought against colonialism; on the other side, Rabindranath Tagore combined both the nations writing the everlasting novel ‘Kabuliwala’,” added the Afghan Ambassador.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture, Republic of India as one of the chief guests of the event spoke about the historical relations, and contemporary cultural ties between Afghanistan and India and added that this is another step to further strengthen and boost these ties.

 At the meantime, Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture-Afghanistan, during this event said that India and Afghanistan have had deep historical relations and organizing such events will bring us closer. He hoped to have this event organized in Kabul next year.

During this seminar, the India-Afghanistan relations were discussed over different periods of the history and the experts from both countries read their articles over four panels.

The articles read by the panelists in this seminar will be assembled and printed into a book.

According to Ajmal Alimzai, the Cultural Attaché of Afghanistan to India, following this seminar, there will be two more events on Thursday and Friday which will include showcasing art, handicrafts, music and dress shows of both the nations.









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