The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that Cultural Agreements facilitate cultural exchange and are integral part of diplomatic activities. These have played an important role in building bridges of understanding and developing better appreciation of India abroad. These have also helped in disseminating Indian culture in new territories and creating awareness about Indian culture, tradition and heritage abroad. The list showing names of countries with which India has entered into cultural agreements including the Commonwealth countries is enclosed as Annexure-I.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, the details of activities undertaken by the Ministry of Culture through its various organizations and the funds sanctioned / utilised by the organizations thereunder during the last one year is enclosed as Annexure-II. In addition, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Textiles [Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)].and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have undertaken cultural activities with other countries.
She said, the Government is seized of the issue of the importance of soft power in the world scenario and is open to enter into Cultural Agreements with any country of the world.
09 May 2012