In her address at the India-ASEAN youth submit 2017, ministers for external affairs Sushma Swaraj said that it was Ramayana and Buddhism that has united the ASEAN countries, and the challenge ahead is to strengthen the bond and build in the ideals. In her speech at the five-day summit held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue, Swaraj said, “when I visited Indonesia, I saw Muslims making idols of Lord Hanuman. They believe it to be a part of their culture. There are statues of Arjuna seeking guidance from Lord Krishna in several squares. This show that Indian mythology has spread through Indians who settled there centuries ago.”
Speaking to the 160 delegates from 11 ASEAN countries, Swaraj talked about the teachings of Buddha and Swami Vivekananda. “with the ASEAN nations, India not only has trade relations but there is also a bond of love. A result yielded through Ramayana and Buddhism,” said the minister.
Lauding the delegates, Swaraj said that she was impressed by the dynamism shown by participants at the summit. “seeing so much enthusiasm among the participants, I feel young again. I urge the delegates to remain in contact with each other at social media. Who knows one of you might become a minister or governor in years to come,” she said.
Towards her end of the speech, Swaraj said from now onwards, all international conferences will have one section devoted to youth conference. Earlier, the 11 point India-ASEAN youth summit Bhopal declaration was read out which talked about cooperation between youths of the ASEAN nations and strengthen people to people contact. State governor Om Prakash Kohli and UN youth envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake also spoke on the occasion. The event that concluded on Friday was organised by the minister of external affairs, India foundation and the state government jointly on the commemorative year’s theme “shared values, common destiny. “the summit was attended by Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India.
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