NEW DELHI, March 13, (KUNA): Kuwait Ambassador to India Fahad Ahmad Al-Awadi pledged Kuwait’s support to efforts carried out to educate the poor and empower the underprivileged across the world. His statement came during a panel discussion on “Inspiring to Inspire,” hosted by Ambassador Al-Awadi and his spouse, Tasneem Alabd Aljadir, at their residence in New Delhi, in association with the Indian NGO Gunjan Foundation.
The event saw participation of leading personalities including Arab ambassadors, eminent Indian figures and VIPs including judges, businessmen, women of exceptional achievements, apart from professors and artists. Ambassador Al-Awadi told the gathering that Gunjan Foundation “deserves a great deal of appreciation and banquets for the yeoman services that are being undertaken to strengthen and upgrade the conditions of underprivileged section of the society” under the leadership of its founding president Sushma Singhvi who has helped to educate hundreds of poor students to get proper education.
He also underlined that the Kuwaiti Government and people are also engaged in similar activities both inside and outside the country adding that the United Nations recognized the efforts of Kuwait and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the global body honored him in 2014 as the “Humanitarian Leader.” On her part, Singhvi thanked the Kuwait Embassy saying that it has always stood with the organization in its humanitarian efforts. She also thanked Tasneem Alabd Aljadir for her personal efforts to organize the event. The participants in the panel discussion underlined the importance of the combined efforts, role of NGOs, business persons and individuals in educating the new generation and building a bright future for them.
They also stressed the importance of strengthening democratic values, freedom of expression, and religious and cultural diversity in addition to educating and empowering the underprivileged sections to bring peace and security. In other news, the State of Kuwait took part in the World Culture Festival, organized by the Art of Living Foundation headed by Sri Ravi Shankar, which kicked off this weekend in New Delhi.
The Kuwaiti delegation, grouping Assistant Director General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Dr Bader Al-Duweesh, Shaimaa Hashem from the music department and Faisal Al-Naibari from the media department, participated upon directives of Information Minister and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah in recognition of the event’s cultural significance.
The festival featured artists from across the world and saw the attendance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders. The event is taking place in the shadow of a raging controversy over alleged flouting of environmental damages on the banks of the Yamuna River. The Art of Living Foundation’s 35th anniversary has drawn some 3.5 million visitors to see thousands of performers in elaborate arrangements, as the Festival resembled a small township spread over 400 hectares, with tents as far as the eye can see. The main stage alone covered more than 2.8 hectares.