New Delhi, July 3 : Against the background of ever growing tension between the India and Pakistan over terrorism, unprovoked violations at LoC etc., the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the premier student organisation of India, has strongly advocated for a bilateral dialogue involving academia and youth of both the countries to ease out tensions.
The ABVP Organising Secretary Sunil Ambekar has said that irrespective of geo-political situation academia and youth from both the countries should initiate intellectual engagements in order to bridge the gap between the two neighbours against the backdrop of cross border conflict.
In an exclusive interview with The Indian express, Ambekar said, “We must talk to Pakistan. People, academics, youth can have a dialogue. It may lead to solutions”.
Pitching for people-to-people contact Ambekar underlined that there will be ups and downs in diplomatic talks, government will do its job but as a society there is a need of sustainable dialogue involving academicians, youth and intellectual class which might start the era of mutual co-operation between two nations. He further narrated that ABVP had planned the academic visit to Pakistan but could not roll out successfully.
When asked about ABVP’s stand on China, Ambekar reiterated that India and China share ancient cultural ties. “We know very little about China, their people so at least, we must know each other,” said Ambekar. He asserted that there should be youth exchange programmes between transnational universities where universities should engage in talks with professors and students.
Sharing his personal experience about his recent China visit Ambekar said that ABVP delegation interacted with the international department of the CPC along with the academic visit at Peking University and Sichuan University. “We have common concerns regarding development and issues of our youth population. In some areas we can contribute, in many others China can,” he added.