SGT Times Reporter
Gurugram, April 21
SGT University in coordination with Sanrachana organized a session on “The Evolution of Indian Soft Power: A New Paradigm”.
The seminar keynote speaker was Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Chairperson of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture.
Dr. Sahasrabuddhe said, “The world started discussing soft power nearly 30 years ago. Soft power is all about communicating culture to the world.
Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, shares that key aspects of Indian Soft Power include the culture and heritage of India that garners a lot of attention in the world.
India is among those countries that enjoy tremendous amounts of goodwill in every nook and corner of the world.
“Goodwill is important, but more important is understanding. People are attracted to India, but very few of them understand India and grasp the idea of India. Those who reach the core of the idea of India are very limited as understanding India is very difficult, the MP said.
He talked about six major dimensions of India. He also defined soft power as “Somya Sampada”
The idea of Spiritual Diversity, Uplifting of the poor, Diversity of Unity, Sustainability, the Idea of Vasudeva kutumbkam, and the Idea of the collective urge for emancipation. He said if people understand these aspects then the Global community will understand India from a proper perspective.
He said that all the people of the nation together make up the culture and in such a situation when any person from India has to go out to another country, he comes after telling about his culture to the people of another country.
Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi Shares the importance of the Indian family system and societal values in India’s soft power and culture.
He said, “India has a great culture. At the time of COVID-19 when everyone was worried about seeing the population of India that COVID-19 create havoc but we recovered it is due to our social connection with each other.”
Cultural Attributes are given by Sanskars they will remain with us for their entire life Indians are identified with their culture abroad. He said that when Indian people visit any foreign country, the people of that country greet Indians as we have a rich culture, thus soft power is becoming a strong power for our nation.
He said that India is emerging as a country when the people of the world do not tire of talking about the values of Indians.
The Signatories also launched websites.
Prof. Rajneesh Wadhwa, Dean, External Affairs, SGT University explains the contribution of the University during the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mr. Manmohan Singh Chawla, Managing Trustee, of Dashmesh Education Charitable Trust, Mr. Shri Krishna, President of Sanrachna, Prof. Vikas Dhawan Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rajneesh Wadhwa, Dean, External Affairs, SGT University, faculty members and students were present during the occasion.