Seminars, Symposias & Conferences

The ARSP organises art and culture shows and pilgrimage tours for visitors including students who come to study in India. It arranges seminars and meetings by eminent scholars, social workers, politicians and students from other countries and arranges receptions for foreign dignitaries who visit India to exchange notes on the cultural, social and economic life of people abroad, including people of Indian origin. It also sends goodwill delegations to friendly countries for people-to-people interactions. It establishes contact with diplomatic missions of various countries in India as also with the Indian government’s departments dealing with Overseas Indians, External Affairs and Culture.

The ARSP has always been on the forefront to share and highlight the woes and worries of the PlOs by organising several National/International seminars, lectures, symposia on subjects relating to PlOs in Fiji, Guyana, Myanmar, Nepal, Suriname, Sri Lanka etc.

A seminar on ‘Our Relations with Indians Abroad’ was organised in November, 1982.

A Symposium on ‘Indo-Nepal Relations’ was organised by Calcutta Chapter in January 1986. It was inaugurated by Shri Ashok Sen, then Minister of Law and Justice Government of India.

When the first military coup was staged in Fiji by General Robuka, a seminar was organised in November 1987 on ‘The Crisis in Fiji and India’s Role’.

A National Committee for Restoration at Democracy in Fiji was set up under the Chairmanship of late Shri Dinesh Singh, former Central Minister in the Government of India to generate public opinion in India and abroad in favour of restoration of Democracy.

In April 1988, there was a seminar on ‘Indo- Guyana Relations’ inaugurated by Late. Dr. L.M. Singhvi and another seminar on Fiji was organised by the Patna Chapter in November. This was inaugurated by late Shri Govind Narayan, the then Governor of Bihar. Shri Atal Bihori Vajpoyee then Member of the Parliament inaugurated a one day seminar on ‘Indo – Nepal Relations – Past, Present & Future’ in July, 1989. Another seminar on ‘Recent Situation in Fiji’ was inaugurated by Shri Hari Kishore Singh, the then Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India in July 1990.

In January, 1994 ARSP organised an international seminar on ‘Dual Citizenship for Overseas Indians. The prominent persons who participated in the seminar were Dr. Sarojini Mahishi, Dr. V.P. Nanda from U.S.A., Shri Ram Lakhina chairman GOPIO, Shri Y.P. Reddy, President Girmit Council – Fiji, Shri Ravi Maharajv from Trinidad & Tobago and Shri Dhandeo Bauhadoor from Mauritius.

in 2002, ARSP organised three seminars, on very topical issues. Shri Omar Abdullah, then Minister of State for External Affairs inaugurated a Seminar on ‘Quest for Peace in Sri Lanka’ in March. A Seminar on ‘Indo – Myanmar Relations – Past, Present & Future’ held in November was inaugurated by Shri Digvijay Singh, then Minister of State for External Affairs and Presided by Shri I. K. Gujral former Prime Minister of India. In between there was another Seminar on Nepal – Constitutional Monarchy and Democracy’ on the eve of the visit by the then King of Nepal.

As a part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of ARSP, a seminar was organised on ‘India & PIOs Structure of Interaction’. Again, there was a seminar on Fiji titled ‘Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill’ organized in September, 2005 jointly with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Shri Mahendra Choudhry, former Prime Minister of Fiji was the key speaker. This was followed by another Seminar on Fiji in January 2007 in which the then High Commissioner of Fiji in India along with Prof. I.S. Chauhan, former Indian High Commissioner in Fiji, Shri J.C. Sharma, former Secretary Ministry of External Affairs, Shri Shashank, President of ARSP and former Foreign Secretary, Govt. of India were among the prominent speakers. ‘Quest for Peace in Sri Lanka’ was the title for yet another seminar held in February, 2007 presided by Shri Shashank, President ARSP. Shri Jaswant Singh, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Govt. of India and Shri K. N. Douglas Devananda, Minister for Social Welfare, Govt. of Sri Lanka were among the speakers.

In April, 2007, ARSP jointly with Indian Council for World Affairs organised a two days seminar on Indo – Nepal Relation. A large numbers of prominent people including Shri Shashank participated in the Seminar.

n between 1982 and 2008, there were seminars on various issues organised from time to time. The year 2008 ended with a seminar on ‘Changed Nepal: Concerns and Challenges for India.’ Retd. Lt. General Shri S. K. Sinha, former Governor and Ambassador to Nepal, inaugurated the Seminar. The seminar was presided over by Shri Shashank President ARSP and was addressed by of Shri S. K. Rasgotra, former Foreign Secretary, former Diplomats Shri Rajiv Sikri, Shri I.P. Khosla, Shri N.N. Jha, Retd. Maj. Gen. Ashok Mehta, Shri S. Chandershekharan, Shri S.Chari and others.

A Seminar on” The role of NGOs in International Cooperation” was held on January 11, 2009 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.

A seminar organised on “Sri Lanka-Post LTTE on 22nd August 2009

Meerut unit of ARSP also organised a seminar in collaboration with Charan Singh University, Meerut on ‘Can Indians Change the way the world looks at us’ in September 2009.

Another seminar on “Strengthening the Diaspora Connection” was jointly organised by ARSP and the High Commission of Trinidad & Tobago on 20th February 2010 at India International Centre to felicitate Mr. Balliram Maharaj & Mr. Shamshu Deen of Trinidad who were on a tour to discover their ancestral roots.

A talk on Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean was also organised by Caribbean cell of ARSP on 5th February 2010. Prof. Ajay Mansingh,an eminent scholar and writer from Jamaica was the main speaker. Mr. Krishnedutt Bajnauth ,Ambassador of Suriname, Mr. Jairam R. Gajraj , High Commissioner of Guyana and Shri K.L.Aggarwal, former Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica were also present on the occasion.

Thus whether there was coup in Fiji or Suriname, cultural starvation in South Africa, racial discrimination or forced conversion in Uganda, military rule in Myanmar, Tamil problem in Sri Lanka, political instability in Nepal, ARSP played a very important role in urging the Government of India to take up the matter with the concerned authorities and at the international forum.