Dialogue on ancient civilizations key to a bright future, Indian MP says


Ethiopia and India have  agreed to establish an Indo-Ethiopia Civilization Dialogue to strengthen  the relations between the two countries.
Indian Member of Parliament, Tarun Vijay, who visited Ethiopia early this week, held discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) about the establishment of the Indo-Ethiopia Civilization Dialogue. Vijay also met with several other officials to discuss on the same issue.
The MP said that the two countries have thousands-years-old civilizations. “The initiative to establish the dialogue has also been raised in India by the Ethiopian Ambassador based in New Delhi,” he said.
The unique dialogue platform will be the first of its kind between the two countries that have a history of rich civilizations, Vijay said.
“We have discussed a possibility to establish the dialogue in India,” he added.
“Ethiopia has a long history, and it is similar for India.  Ethiopia is unique in Africa because of the history of its civilizations, the history should be part of Ethiopia’s futute because with out the past, the present and future cannot exist,” Vijay he said.
“Ethiopia is not rootless, so the question will be what were the roots of the country that had given the great structure of the society? This kind of discussion will interest many people,” he also said.
According to Vijay, both countries have very unique and special advantage in belonging to ancient civilizations. That makes them distinctive friends and a dialogue on these cultural and civilization threads can go a long way to strengthen the people to people relations. It also helps to build more trust and faith in each other, and a solid ground to build strong architecture of economic and political relations,he said.
Ethiopia and India have an old history mainly in the trade area. . An exhibition organized last year in Delhi by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library showed that Ethiopian’s had a presence in India as early as the 4th century. Ethiopians were present in the military and power spheres in Indian ruling dynasties during the 14th -17th centuries  The MP, who also holds the position of President of the Parliamentary Group on India China Friendship, has been one of the guest speakers at the Global Women Parliamentarian Forum that had drawn representatives from over 100 countries. The event that was held early this week  at the African Union headquarter in Addis Ababa mainly focused on closing the gender gap, strengthening women’s leadership in governance and politics, and eliminating discrimination.
Tarun Vijay was elected for the upper house of the Indian Parliament in 2010, and he serves on the Parliamentary Committee for External Affairs, Official Language, and Human Resources Development. Vijay is a senior leader of India’s ruling party BJP and convener of its Research and Policy Studies Cell.
A renowned author, thinker, social worker and parliamentarian, Vijay is well known in India for his efforts for empowering deprived people through education, with emphasis on modern technologies and indigenousness. An avid traveler and expert on India’s foreign policies, he is considered as an authority on geo-political and global economic affairs, and routinely is consulted by various government agencies and think tanks.