City-based NGO Yuvsatta organised a seminar, in collaboration with the department of Gandhian Studies, on Indo - Sri Lankan relations and SAARC unity at Gandhi Bhawan, PU on Friday. The event also saw the launch of a forum by the name of ‘Friends of SAARC’.
The announcement of the formation of the forum was made by Pramod Sharma, Yuvsatta co-ordinator, who highlighted the urgency of mobilising people to strengthen relationships between the SAARC countries.
They discussed how the eight SAARC countries were descendants of the same civilization, with India and Sri Lanka sharing age old relations. Some of the speakers also shared their experiences with Pakistan and their longing for Indian roots.
Manjit Singh, a professor at Panjab University said, “National boundaries cannot hold the emotional and cultural outpouring among people of south Asian countries. Before the colonisation of this region by the West, the regional, cultural and intellectual mosaic was flourishing. The Western politics of rule unleashed identity-based animosities and conflicts resulting in the weakening of the peoples’ power. It is time to provide space for the intervention of global powers inimical to regional peace.”
The occasion also saw a new logo of ‘Friends of SAARC’ forum being released.