While unveiling the bust of Nobel Prize-winning author-poet Rabindranath Tagore in Bac Ninh city, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said India and Vietnam have deep historical ties dating back almost 2,000 years, linked to the heritage of Buddhism. Are. Jaishankar expressed his gratitude to the leadership of Bac Ninh province, east of Hanoi, for helping install the Tagore statue. He said, “The historical relations between India and Vietnam are about two thousand years old, which are linked to the heritage of Buddhism. Bac Ninh province is also part of this ancient tradition. Historical records confirm that Indian Buddhist monks played an important role in introducing Buddhism to Vietnam.” He said at the inauguration ceremony, ”Today is another remarkable monument in honor of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, an extraordinary Indian personality. Has been established. Tagore was a famous painter, teacher, humanitarian, musician and a very deep thinker.
Jaishankar said he was happy to note that Tagore’s works are widely recognized, read and appreciated throughout Vietnam and have been included in Vietnamese textbooks. The Foreign Minister has come to Vietnam on a four-day official visit. He said, “It is really heartening to know that Tagore’s Gitanjali was translated into Vietnamese and published in 2001. Historical records show that Tagore paid a three-day visit to Ho Chi Minh City in 1929, which had a lasting intellectual and socio-cultural impact on Vietnam.” The poetry collection Gitanjali is Tagore’s most famous work, published in India in 1910. Was published. Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for its English translation ‘Song Offerings’ and became the first non-European to receive the honor in 1913.
Jaishankar said he was happy to learn that Vietnam had issued a postage stamp in Tagore’s honor in 1982. He said, “We feel honored by the respect and appreciation shown to him (Tagore) in Vietnam…I believe that today’s unveiling of Gurudev Tagore’s statue will enhance the prestige of the city of Bac Ninh at the international level.” Later in a post on social media platform ‘X’, Jaishankar said Gurudev’s works are widely known and appreciated throughout Vietnam. “This will certainly enhance the international prestige of Bac Ninh province and further its strong ties with India,” he said.
At the event, he also watched a performance by the ‘Quan Ho Art Theatre’ group from Bac Ninh province. The group will travel to India to participate in the 9th India International Dance and Music Festival to be held in New Delhi. He also interacted with members of the Indian community in Bac Ninh province. In another post on ‘X’, he said, “The civilizational connect between India and Vietnam is clearly visible in the ‘Phat Teach Pagoda’ (Buddhist cultural center) in Bac Ninh….” He also met Thich Thanh Nhieu, the ‘Most Ven’ of the Vietnam Buddhist Association, in ‘Fat Tiếch’. Jaishankar, he said, appreciated his positive sentiments about spirituality, yoga, art and culture. Jaishankar reached Vietnam on Sunday. From Vietnam he will visit Singapore from 19 to 20 October.
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