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Indian Civilisation has always been open to New Ideas and Diversity is at the core of our Pluralistic Society, says President Pranab Mukherjee

Yoga and ayurvedic medicine are examples of ancient Indian science that still have an important influence in daily practices

New Delhi, Dec 1, 2016: When we talk about India, a series of adjectives and attributes come to our mind and no matter what, but no one can miss out on, “diversity”. India has been a very inclusive and accommodating country, always open to new ideas and thus, balancing the aesthetic and modern aspects of its society.

In an award giving ceremony, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “We find our history and heritage reflected in almost all our transactions – from the mundane level of everyday custom and ritual to our academic work – in science, innovation and maths – and also our spiritual pursuits, creativity and cultural activities. Our villages are firmly rooted in our traditions but have simultaneously leapfrogged into cyberspace,” mentioned PTI.

“Yoga and ayurvedic medicine are examples of ancient Indian science that still have an important influence in our daily practices. They continue to be popular and are being actively revived and promoted. Indian civilisation has always been open to new streams of thought and information. This diversity is at the core of our pluralistic society,” the President said, while giving away ‘Distinguished Indologist’ award in New Delhi.

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The honour-second Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist award– was given to Prof Yu Long Yu of the People’s Republic of China. While giving away the award, President Mukherjee also said, “The contacts between our (China and India) scholars, scientists and historians date back to ancient times. These mutually inspiring relationships were further reinforced by the impelling ties of religion, trade and cultural affinities. Our unique heritage has made it extremely rewarding for scholars to explore it – in the framework of India’s vibrant tradition, its history, languages, culture and religions.”

While giving away the award, President Mukherjee also said, “the contacts between our (China and India) scholars, scientists and historians date back to ancient times. These mutually inspiring relationships were further reinforced by the impelling ties of religion, trade and cultural affinities. Our unique heritage has made it extremely rewarding for scholars to explore it – in the framework of India’s vibrant tradition, its history, languages, culture and religions.”

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Professor Yu Long Yu is the Professor and Director at the Centre for Indian Studies, Shenzhen University. He has studied Indology for many years and is the pioneer of it in South China. Also, he is the one who is behind the setting up of the Centre for Indian Studies and Tan Yunshan Sino-Indian Friendship Museum in Shenzhen University.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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