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Dr Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates the ‘Bodhi Parva

Published on December 11, 2017
On Dec 8 Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the Festival the ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’
  • Dr Sharma said that the message of Lord Buddha is as relevant in the twenty-first century as it was two and a half millennia ago and has been a unifying force among nations. 
  • The values of peace, accommodation, inclusiveness, and compassion that are part of our societies can be attributed to the influence of the teachings of Lord Buddha and Buddhism.
  • Dr Sharma also said that as a regional organisation comprising seven Member States around the Bay of Bengal that brings together about one-fifth of the world population and a combined GDP of over US $ 2.8 trillion, BIMSTEC has a crucial role in the development of the region.


  • BIMSTIC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)
  • It is an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia.
  • The countries are Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Estb: 6th June 1997
  • BIMSTEC Headquarters is situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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