Published:  12:04 AM, 15 June 2019

S Asia role model of co-existence: Riva

S Asia role model of co-existence: Riva Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das attends the inaugural session of the 8th biennial conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) in the city.

Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das has said the common inherent traits shared by various civilizations in the past three millennia have made the South Asian region a role model of co-existence.

She made the observation at the inaugural session of the 8th biennial conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) held on University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) campus.

"The flow of (the) Ganga River in India turning into Padma in Bangladesh is not only a simple story of a river passing through a valley, but it carries civilization connections," Riva Ganguly said. She said the history, culture and religion of the entire South Asia and Southeast Asia has thrived because of the role such rivers have played in this region.

Talking about the Revitalization of the Protocol on Inland Water Trade & Transit (PIWWT), the Indian envoy said provision for auto renewal has enabled sustained focus and investment in improving our inland waterways infrastructure. "As a result, we can focus on new ports of call and waterways instead of protocol renewal," she said.

Dr Dipu Moni, Minister of Education, was present as the chief guest in the session while Dr Amarjiva Lochan, President ofSouth and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion,  Dr BR Mani, Director General of National Museum and Vice Chancellor of National Museum Institute, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Prof HM Jahirul Haque,Vice Chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, Prof Rosalind Hackett, Vice President of The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences under UNESCO, Prof Satoko Fujiwara, Secretary General of International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Dr Shahnaj Husne Jahan, Chair of the 8th SSEASR conference and Director of Centre for Archaeological Studies, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, among others were present.

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