China : When we started our journey from India, many of us never thought that we’ll be received with so much love, affection and hospitality at almost all places we visited during our stay here, whether in Beijing or Tianjin.
The culture of friendliness and warmth in relations had made China a home away from home for all of us. When we were at Peking University, one student just shared the feeling of living without a brother or sister, as here it is one child policy in China. At that time I was not able to think of an alternative, but now I am sure here Indian youngsters can fit in and in days to come with more and more such youth exchange programmes, many of us can easily play the role of brother ‘s and sister’s of the Chinese girls and boys.One more equally beautiful thought we shared yesterday amongst ourselves that in future marriage’s can also happen between youngsters of India & China. We have seen that in old days Kings used to marry their children with princess and prince of neighbouring countries for more friendly bilateral relations and now commoners like us can also play an active role in promoting the thought of Indo-China matrimonial. Chinese girls are smart, smiling and beautiful, Chinese boys are also equally handsome and same is true of Indian young people too. Moreover in Indian ethos we believe in ‘Vasudhev Kutumbkam’-whole world is one family or ‘Ek noor se sab jag upjaya’-we all are children of one god. So someone should take an active lead and promote this idea.
We’re also going with an idea to pursue the proposal of a Confucius Chair in Panjab University, Chandigarh to spread awareness among students about Chinese culture (Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher and the philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. He expressed the well-known principle, “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”). Once established events like symposia, film shows, cultural festivals and seminars can be arranged in future by Confucius Chair to bring closer people of India and China.
At present everybody is busy packing the extra stuff they had purchased almost daily in China and we’ll be leaving from our Hotel in next two hours at 10.30 a.m. for Beijing, from where will take a flight back home.
On coming June 13th, we’ll again be starting our next week long journey to land of GNH (Gross national happiness)-Bhutan. In between, we have to finish lot of pending work for the upcoming 6th International Youth Peace Festival in Chandigarh, from September 27 to October 2, 2011, in which this year we’re expecting that over 1000 youngsters from almost continents of the world will participate, including around 30 from China.