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Act East Policy aims at integration of dreams, hopes of India,

Press Trust of India  |  Rajgir (Bihar) 

today said that India's Act East Policy was much more than a "diplomatic initiative", aimed at not merely sharing economic opportunities but also integration of dreams and hopes of people of this country and South East

The was addressing a function after inaugurating the fourth International Dharma-Dhamma Conference organised jointly by the International University, and Society, Foundation and the here in district.

"India's Act East Policy was much more than a diplomatic initiative, aimed at sharing not merely economic opportunities, but an integration of dreams and hopes of the hundreds of millions who live in and the South East Asia," Kovind said.

He said that India, South East and "other parts of that are covered by the Dharma-Dhamma footprint shared a past with a common source and inevitably, our destiny too is linked".

The inaugural function of the three-day conference, based on the theme 'State and Social Order in Dharma Dhamma Traditions', was attended by Satyapal Mallik, Nitish Kumar, Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, Sri Lankan Tilak Marapana, among others.

Kovind also stressed that the "timing of this conference is very appropriate. We are marking the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-Dialogue Partnership. The month of January is a celebration of the India-ASEAN relations.

will host a commemorative summit on January 25 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Dialogue Partnership between India and the ASEAN in which all the leaders of the grouping are expected to participate.

"Along with several India scholars, I am told this conference will hear the wise words of eminent international delegates. They have come from far-off continents, including both North and But most of all, they represent the breadth and diversity of Asia-from to South East Asia," the said.

"Each of the countries and societies represented at this conference is unique.....Yet, all of them are recipients, in some manner, of the Dharma-Dhamma tradition. All of them have received the message of Lord Buddha -- a message that has travelled across Asia and beyond," he added.

Kovind also observed that the "journey of Buddhism as a pan-Asian creed and later a worldwide, began 2,500 years ago right here in As such, the conference is a commemoration of a great phenomenon that has its origin right here in this region".

Speaking about the University, he recalled that "the ancient university that stood here was a marvel of knowledge and wisdom. It was located in this very region of India but had an international character...Similarly, today's represents the ever-lasting Dharma-Dhamma identity. And it too is a cosmopolitan enterprise".

"The university's conceptualisation, founding and growth are the result of the cherished efforts by India and a host of partner countries, particularly from the ASEAN family," Kovind noted.

Earlier, welcoming the delegates, Kumar expressed the wish that an International Centre for Conflict Resolution be set up at the for which his government will provide land.

He also said that a piece of land has been earmarked for providing accommodation to heads of state who may visit the Centre once it starts functioning.

Kumar also fondly recalled Kovind's tenure as the and pointed out that he was the first person to get elected to the top constitutional post while holding a gubernatorial office.

Participants from 11 countries are attending the three- day conference in which 60 papers on its theme are likely to be presented and discussed.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:55 IST
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