Indian cultural foundation event highlights high rate of violence

Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar with guests and participants at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations Foundation Day. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE high rate of violence against women and children was highlighted at the ‘Indian Council of Cultural Relations Foundation Day’ which was organised by the Indian High Commission at Khastriya Hall in Suva on Tuesday night.

While officiating at the event, Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar said we should bank on cultural settings to create more awareness on this important issue.

Ms Bhatnagar said: “Culture provides important social and economic norms that have become the core of human life.”

She applauded the Indian Cultural Centre and the Indian High Commission for its efforts to keep the authentic essence of the Indian culture alive.

“We gather to celebrate this cultural day to promote our culture to our young generation who can develop our family and community closeness,” she said.

Ms Bhatnagar congratulated the Indian Council for Cultural Relations for being instrumental in building bridges that facilitated the appreciation of cultures and the bilateral cooperation between Fiji and India.

The festival celebrated the rich and diverse Indian culture, its art, music, folklore and mythology and its intrinsic value.

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