BEIJING: In a significant move, India's External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, unveiled the 'New Delhi Hall' at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat in Beijing. This initiative, which precedes the upcoming SCO summit hosted by India for the first time, aims to foster a deeper understanding of Indian culture among member nations. The SCO, comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan, is a prominent regional organization promoting cooperation in various fields.
While the original six founding members each have their own halls representing their distinctive cultures, India is the first country to construct its dedicated space within the SCO Secretariat. The New Delhi Hall serves as a visual representation of "little India" and showcases different aspects of the nation's vibrant way of life. The inauguration ceremony held virtually, was attended by the SCO Secretary General and other esteemed colleagues.
During his address, Minister Jaishankar expressed his delight at inaugurating the New Delhi Hall, highlighting the significance of this occasion as part of India's ongoing SCO presidency. He emphasized the depth of India's artistic traditions and cultural identity, which are vividly portrayed through the hall's exquisite patterns and motifs inspired by India's rich architectural heritage.
In his video address, Jaishankar said: " I am delighted to inaugurate the New Delhi Hall at the SCO Secretariat today amidst the august presence of the SCO Secretary General and other distinguished colleagues."
“I am particularly pleased to note that this is being done under the first-ever SCO presidency which will conclude soon with the SCO Summit,” he said.
The New Delhi Hall, Jaishankar said, is imagined to be a "little India" in the SCO Secretariat and will feature different features of Indian culture.
“To make you visualise the depth of India’s artistic tradition and cultural identity, the Hall has been designed with exquisite patterns and motifs representing the rich architectural craftsmanship found throughout India,” he said.
The New Delhi Hall seamlessly combines traditional design elements with modern technological features, enabling physical and virtual meetings and conferences. Minister Jaishankar expressed his hope that the hall would serve as a valuable addition to the SCO Secretariat, enriching its multicultural and multinational character. Furthermore, he emphasized that the establishment of the New Delhi Hall symbolizes India's unwavering commitment to the principle of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" or "The World is One Family."
This initiative is a testament to India's dedication to fostering unity and understanding among nations, as encapsulated by the essence of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam." The New Delhi Hall at the SCO Secretariat not only enhances India's representation within the organization but also exemplifies its cultural heritage on a global platform.
In conclusion, the inauguration of the New Delhi Hall at the SCO Secretariat underscores India's commitment to promoting its rich cultural heritage and strengthening ties with fellow SCO member nations. This significant step will contribute to cultivating a greater understanding and appreciation of India's diverse traditions and values on an international stage, while fostering harmony and cooperation among the SCO community.