9 February 201613:35

The International round table discussion on the role of people’s diplomacy in building peace without terrorism was held in the RCSC in Kolkata

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The International round table discussion «Significance of people’s diplomacy and cultural exchanges in the building of a terror-free world» dedicated to the Diplomatic Service Day of Russia was held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC) in Kolkata on February 6, 2016.

The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Kolkata Z.Ahad, the Deputy Head of the Representation of the Rossotrudnichestvo Mr Y.Dubovoi, the Third Secretary of the Consulate General of the Russia in Kolkata Mr M.Gusev; the journalist, writer and human rights activist Sh.Kabir (Bangladesh), the president of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee, writer G.Sharma (India); the chairman of the Center for Peace and Progress O.P.Shah; historian of the University of Burdwan Prof. S.T.Nasreen and the representatives of the expert community and media took part in the event, jointly organized by the Consulate General of Russia in Calcutta, the RCSC, Kolkata Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Center (IBCC) and the Association of Independent Journalists of West Bengal.

During the roundtable discussion experts stressed the need to establish a strong barrier to world terrorism, which requires consistent and hard work at both levels of classical and people’s diplomacy. It was emphasized that terrorism should not be used as a method of implementation of the state policy or conducting religious propaganda. Terrorism is not determined by any particular religion. The danger comes from the radical religious movements especially for multi-national states such as Russia and India, so it is necessary to find new effective ways to counter the terrorist threat.

The participants of the round table discussion drew attention to the destructive policies of aiding terrorism and the importance of human contacts in order to resolve international and domestic conflicts.

Experts answered to the questions of the journalists and guests of the meeting and also had an informal tea party.

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