India Hosts a 2 day SCO International Conference on ‘Shared Buddhist Heritage’

Industry Watch | March 16, 2023 | News

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation International Conference Shared Buddhist Heritage

The two-day international conference of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on ‘Shared Buddhist Heritage’ was inaugurated at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, with focus on India’s civilizational connect with the SCO nations.

The session was graced by Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER G.K Reddy; Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi; Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal; DG, International Buddhist Confederation, Abhijit Halder and delegates from China, Pakistan, Russia, Bahrain, Myanmar, UAE.

The event, is a first of its kind, under India’s leadership of SCO for a period of one-year, from 17 September 2022 until September 2023, brings together Central Asian, East Asian, South Asian and Arab countries on a common platform to discuss ‘Shared Buddhist Heritage’. 

The two-day programme is being organised by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the International Buddhist Confederation. A number of Indian scholars of Buddhism are also participating in the event. The aim of the Conference is to re-establish trans-cultural links, seek out commonalities, between Buddhist art of Central Asia, art styles, archaeological sites and antiquity in various museums’ collections of the SCO countries.

G.K Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER, said, “The conference will not only celebrate Buddhist common heritage but will also build stronger and deeper bonds amongst our countries. Buddhism with its profound vision of eternal harmony in the world has spread far and wide and it touched the lives of inhabitants in all the SCO countries centuries ago. Today, we have all gathered here, at a first of its kind conference, because of this underlying link that binds us. The purpose of this Conference is to renew trans cultural links and shared histories between the nations gathered here.”

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The Conference aims to re-establish trans-cultural links, seek out commonalities, between Buddhist art of Central Asia, art styles, archaeological sites & antiquity in various museums’ collections.

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