A new white paper supported by the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and acknowledged by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, uses data-based research to evaluate the depth of relationships between the two countries by focusing on their underlying cultural currents as observed by the Co-founders of Ajantahc Vedan Choolun and Ashwin Srivastava which is a global platform to promote, preserve and offer Indian culture, Art, and Heritage to the world.
Titled “India-Lao PDR: Revealing the Cultural Undercurrents”, the paper authored by partners of AjantaHC, based in London, UK, and Sapio Analytics Geopolitical Division, based in Mumbai India under the guidance of researcher Gandhali Bhide, speaks about the significance of Indian culture in the country of Laos. It attempts to decode the modern socio-economic conditions of Lao PDR, and how the same is a function of its ancient heritage and culture that still guides the day-to-day life of its citizens. In doing the same, it also analyzes the relations of the culture of Lao PDR with that of India.
Ajanta HC’s Directors Vedan Choolun and Ashwin Srivastava have worked towards finding the significance of India and its ancient heritage in all parts of the world. The mentioned government supported white paper further establishes the role Indian heritage plays in modern times, even impacting the current existence of citizens of countries such as Lao PDR.
“India and Lao PDR have a strong cultural relationship that stems in the origin of their cultures much before they were nation-states. This strong cultural bond is seen through various conscious and known efforts that are connected to faith, tradition, philosophies, and way of life, while also being displayed through various sub-conscious and hidden elements that are explored through this paper. The bilateral relationship in terms of trade and commerce also reflect their age-old connections”, the abstract of the paper mentions.
With heritage works in Lao PDR that act as proud symbols from the times when it was called the outpost of Indian culture, the modern relation between the countries is also expected to bring their underlying common culture back to its original glory as indicated by Vedan Choolun and Ashwin Srivastava, co-founders of Ajantahc.