Central Asian Programme


The resolutions adopted by the delegates from India, West and Central Asia in the International Seminar on ‘Cities, Roads and Caravan Sarais: An emblem of linkages through ages :

January 12, 2008

  1. Resolved that information on the seminar be put on the website inviting suggestions from interested scholars and institutions and the proceedings of the seminar be published both in English and Russian, and if possible, with the cooperation of the delegates in other Central Asian languages.

  2. The seminar should be held at regular intervals, if possible, in different countries of Central, West and South Asia, on the theme of intercultural dialogue and relations in the historical, contemporary and futuristic perspective.

  3. A journal should be brought out by the IGNCA with a group of international editors from different countries to be published in English and if possible, made available in local languages of Central Asia on the theme of relations and linkages between India and Central Asia.

  4. Illustrated volumes on the relations between India and different Central Asian countries may also be published with mutual cooperation.

  5. The IGNCA and the Central Asian countries may work together to catalogue, survey, edit, translate and co publish the manuscripts, travelogue, historical literature, works of arts available in both Indian and Central Asian collections, which illustrate cultural interaction and cooperation through the ages.

  6. IGNCA, together with Central Asian countries, should hold a conference in each country, with local scholars, for comprehensive coverage of the theme.

  7. The collaboration between India and Central Asian countries should be reinforced by a joint movement of IGNCA scholars and scholars from the respective countries for building the exhibition, now created in nucleus, at the IGNCA. The IGNCA, in cooperation with the respective countries, should survey, document, and collect relevant audio visual, graphic, photographic, ethnographic, cultural and textual material from museums, arts and crafts from bazaars, art libraries, beginning from April, 2008.

  8. The electronic library, being created on manuscripts on history, literature, music, visual arts and other knowledge systems at the IGNCA, should collaborate with equivalent initiatives in Central Asian countries for exchange of relevant materials, for example, in Persian and Dari, with Tajikistan.

  9. Participation should be enlarged in 2008 Dushanbe conference on Rudaki and literary traditions of Central Asia and India, dedicated to the 1150th birth anniversary of the founder of Tajik Persian literature – Abuabdullo Rudani.

  10. The thematic horizon of the seminar should be expanded by involving leading architects, art experts, economists and political scientists from countries inside and outside India and Central Asia.

  11. A collaborative effort should be undertaken to revitalize the so called silk route and arrest its decline for ensuring renewed cross fertilization of ideas, goods, patterns of arts and for improved cultural and economic relations.

  12. Indian and Central Asian countries should work together to assemble an oral and peoples’ history of relationship, built on audio visual and ethno archaeological and intangible memories, to support the exhibition at the IGNCA, which should be reinforced for traveling through Central Asian countries.

  13. An inter lingual relationship glossary should be prepared in collaboration to capture the nuances of relationships through the evolution of languages, place names, categories and nomenclatures through the ages.

  14. The IGNCA should, in cooperation with Central Asian countries, serve as a forum for joint action, for regenerating and transcending the ‘Silk route’ as a World Heritage Route.