24 November, 2020

Karan Singh

Chairman of the ICCR, on the upcoming Festival of India in Brussels

Karan Singh
Will this be on the scale of the festivals in the us and ussr in the 1980s?
It will be as big, if not bigger. There’s a total of 109 events, a vast section of cultural activity.

How are the diplomatic aims different this time?
It’s a post-Cold War situation, so this is more of the third strand of diplomacy, after classical political diplomacy—the Ganga, as it were—and growing economic diplomacy—the Jamuna. Cultural diplomacy—the invisible Saraswati—illuminates and gives a special ambience to the other two.

Were the previous festivals successful?
They seemed to be very successful.

Has the perception of India in Europe changed since the ’80s?
There is tremendous interest around the world among investors, culturally, in tourism and so on. I think of it as India Mach II.

Why Brussels rather than a more culturally energetic European city?
Brussels is more or less the capital of the EU. We’ve also been offered the Palais de Bruxelles, a magnificent facility.

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