The relations between India and Nepal date back to more than thousands of years ago. They are very systematic and strong bounded, which can be seen in their socio-cultural, economical, religious and political similarities.
According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram was born to King Dasharath and Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya (in present-day Uttar Pradesh state of India) in the Tretayuga. In the same period, Sita, the daughter of King Janaka and Queen Sunaina took birth in Janakpur province of Mithila (in present-day Nepal). Over the years, Rama and Sita were tied in the holy bond of matrimony and this laid the foundations for strong and healthy relations between India and Nepal which continues till date.
Today, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation characterized by open borders and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts of kinship and culture. There has been a long tradition of free movement of people across the borders. The two neighbors share similar ties in terms of Buddhism with Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini located in present day Nepal. They also have close bonds through marriages and familial ties, popularly known as Roti-Beti ka Rishta.
India Think Council through its India Cultural Study Center (ICSC) has been consistently involved in engaging various stake holders at national and international platforms to promote the cultural, economic and spiritual aspects of the Indian society. The Awadh Mithila Summit is a unique initiative of ITC that focuses on strengthening the relations between India and Nepal. It aims to bring a renewed approach to the relationship between the two countries by enhancing citizen’s engagement through representation of ideas at an international platform. The summit will bring together prominent academics, historians, economists and political experts from both the countries to discuss new ways for strengthening Indo-Nepal ties.
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500+ National /International Participants
7 Sessions followed by Cultural events
2 Days Summit
|2:30 PM - 5:30 PM||-||Revisiting Tretayuga and Ramayan
Session 1 : Valmiki Ramayan
Session 2 : Tulsidas Ramayan
Session 3: Ramrajya : an ideal governance model
|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM||-||Sita –Ram Vivah
Session 1: Marriage rituals and values
Session 2: Unifying thread between families and culture (An analysis of present days marriage
|10:00 AM -11:00 AM||-||Ramayan Trail : a shared heritage of cultural and economic development|
|11:30 AM - 12:30 PM||-||Awadh – Mithila – Nepal : ancient history and Vedic facts|