Mahesh Sharma promotes the potential of Buddhist heritage while inaugurating ‘Bodhi Parva’

Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Mahesh Sharma, inaugurated the three day festival of ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ on December 08, 2017 and promoted the message of Lord Buddha who propagated peace and compassion as a unifying force to unite nations.

The three-day event which runs from December 08-10, 2018 took place in New Delhi.

The Minister said that ‘Bodhi Parva’ combined various Buddhist heritage with various aspect of Indian and international culture has the potential in building an awareness of BIMSTEC’s rich and common heritage.

Sharma highlighted that BIMSTEC is an ideal platform for India to fulfil its key foreign policy priorities of ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East’. A number of initiatives have been taken to promote cooperation in BIMSTEC under the focus areas of security, transport and communication, environment and disaster management, tourism, traditional medicine and people-to-people exchanges.

At the Leaders’ Retreat, 2016  hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BIMSTEC leaders imparted a robust agenda to achieve greater connectivity, and hence a sustainable use of resources, trade, people-to-people contacts is being steadily implemented.  

The inauguration ceremony of the ‘Bodhi Parva’ was attended by Jeetendra Narayan Dev, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Preeti Saran, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Ibrahim Hossein Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Bangladesh, Heads of Missions of BIMSTEC Member States and artists and scholars from India and other BIMSTEC Member States.

As a regional organisation comprising seven Member States around the Bay of Bengal that brings together about one – fifth of the world population and a combined GDP of over US $ 2.8 trillion, BIMSTEC has a crucial role in the development of the region.