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India culturally dominated China for over 2,000 yrs: Rajnath cites academic

He said India is a country of unity in diversity and tourism can play an important role in making it a superpower

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajnath Singh
Minister Rajnath Singh beating a drum during the inaugural ceremony of ‘Paryatan Parv – Grand Finale’ on the Rajpath Lawns in New Delhi

has "culturally controlled and dominated" for over 2,000 years, Home Minister said on Monday, pitching for using to increase India's global influence.

It is that could make a superpower, he said at the finale of Paryatan Parv, a nationwide festival organised by the Ministry.

Hu Shih, who was the vice-chancellor of Peking University during the Chinese Revolution, "has written that has culturally controlled and dominated for more than 2,000 years without sending a single soldier. That is the effect of India", the minister said.

"If has been controlled culturally by any country, it is and this fact was accepted by Hu Shih," Singh said.

He said is a country of unity in diversity and can play an important role in making it a superpower.

"We should collectively try to increase the share of in our GDP," he said.

He informed that the Ministry of Home Affairs has also undertaken several measures to promote and that the private sector should also be involved in its promotion.

The 21-day festival was celebrated across the country in collaboration with other central ministries and state governments.

Minister KJ Alphons said his ministry has already started musical performances at many heritage sites and is expecting private parties to adopt such sites.

The three-day grand finale will end on October 25 on the Janpath lawns.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 22:56 IST