On February 22, Yucatan and the Republic of India began a process of rapprochement to explore opportunities for economic, technological, commercial and educational exchange, as well as to strengthen cultural ties, in a historical effort to link both territories with the heritage of ancestral civilizations.
Governor Rolando Zapata Bello held a meeting with the delegation of the Asian country, integrated by the Ambassador of India in Mexico, Muktesh K. Pardeshi; the General Director of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Riva Ganguly Das, and the director of the Indian Cultural Center in Mexico, Mohd R. Qureshi.
At the meeting, held in the Hall of the Portraits of Mérida’s Palacio de Gobierno, the governor stressed that both Maya and Indian cultures are alive, original, with an ancestral philosophy, so he expressed his approval and willingness to start a connection that strengthens ties, starting with the International Festival of the Mayan Culture (Ficmaya) and the International Day of Yoga, which is celebrated every June 21 by disposition of the United Nations (UN).
“We open channels for new exchanges and the International Festival of Mayan Culture will allow us to boost and benefit from this relationship in a very strong way. Also, we will provide them with all the information necessary on the special incentives that will exist to establish themselves in Yucatan’s Special Economic Zone (ZEE), in addition the state has specialized human capital formation institutions in the area of technology “, added Zapata Bello.
For his part, Muktesh K. Pardeshi offered two – three months scholarships in various disciplines for outstanding Yucatecan students, through an agreement with the Secretariat of Research, Innovation and Higher Education (Siies).
In her speech, Riva Ganguly Das indicated that yoga, contribution of the Indian culture to the world, is a physical, mental and spiritual practice of ancient tradition, which originated in that nation and what they seek is to make the world population aware of the great benefits of this discipline, with a focus on health and well-being for a lifestyle of harmony with nature.
“Last year seven states participated with India during the International Day of Yoga and in this year Yucatan will be included for the first time in these celebrations. Besides, India will be the guest of honor country at the International Festival of the Mayan Culture,”, said the head of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts (Sedeculta), Roger Metri Duarte.
Prior to the meeting, the delegation that arrived accompanied by the coordinator of International Affairs of the Office of the Governor, William Jesus Perez Loria, made a tour to admire the 27 murals painted by Yucatecan artist Fernando Castro, that are permanently exhibited in the Hall of History of the Government Palace, as well as in the corridors and staircases, which portray important moments in Yucatan’s history during different periods of time, showcasing the Maya as central characters along with other important people.
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