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A Non-Governmental Organization to promote the idea of UNITED ASIA (Founded 31 Aug. 2001)

Letter to Prime Minister on 1st April 2017

Dear Prime Minister,
I reproduce below my letter of 2nd January 2015 which is pending for action. Kindly consider it at your earliest possible. In March 2015 we expanded the scope of our activity to include Asia-Pacific Cooperation because it was felt that progress of Democracy in Asia is the key to an Asian Union, which in turn is the key to World Peace. More details are on our website mentioned under my name below.

The Association for Asian Union & Asia Pacific Cooperation will celebrate the day tomorrow as we have done during the last 5 years. In this connection we have issued a Press Release which is attached. It also contains an Asian Unity pledge, which will be taken tomorrow.

With deepest regards,


Dr. Beni Prasad Agarwal                                                                                         Chairman, Association for Asian Union &
Asia-Pacific Cooperation (AAU&APC),
Former Professor of Political Science
& Former Indian Ambassador,
                                                                                        A-45, IFS Apartments, Mayur Vihar-1, Delhi-110091.
Websites www.au2010.org
Mob: 91-9811113810, Tel: 91-11-22753938.


                           Letter of 2nd January 2015

 


"Dear Prime Minister
I wrote to the former Prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh quite some time back to declare a day to be celebrated as "Asian Unity Day". There was no response. Since you believe in special days as reminders of some goals & ideas. I am writing to you with much hope that this will be done. The"Association for Asian Union", short name AAU, (founded in 2001- website www.au2010.org) is an NGO promoting the cause of Asian Unity and World Peace via Asian Union.

We all know how the institutions of the European Union have changed the scene in Europe. After the devastation of the two World Wars, and hundreds of years of struggle for the mastery of Europe, the European Union has transformed the continent which was the most dangerous region of the world into the most stable part of the world, while Asia has become the Continent of Instability and a potential source of future World Wars. It is felt that a positive idea celebrated annually will help in counteracting the various negative currents from time to time regarding relations among Asian countries, who have no option but to live in peace and amity in this nuclear age. If the 2nd of April is celebrated every year as “Asian Unity Day” it will promote the cause of peace and harmony in Asia as well as the whole World.

The AAU   started commemorating the 2nd of April as “Asian Unity Day” from April 2, 2012, though similar events were organized earlier on different days. A large number of days in a year are observed as special days for one cause or another, on which the UN Secretary General also issues special messages. There are special days for Europe, Africa, America and for Human Rights, Disarmament etc. but no day specially reminding us of the need for Asian Unity.

AAU has done some research and come to the conclusion that the 2nd of April should be declared as "Asian Unity Day" to be celebrated as such every year. It was from 23 March, to 2 April 1947, before our Independence, that the first Asian Relations Conference was organized in New Delhi in the 'Purana Qila' by Mahatma Gandhi, C.Rajagopalachari, Sarojini Naidu, Jawahar lal Nehru, Maulana Azad and others. Delegations from 28 Asian countries had come to attend the Conference. The countries were: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia-Cochin China-Laos, Ceylon, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaya, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine Jewish Delegation, The Philippines, Siam, Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. It was a truly pan-Asian gathering including participants from the extreme west of the continent like Egypt and Palestine to the extreme east like Korea and Vietnam and from Mongolia in the north to Indonesia in the south. It is interesting to notice that 8 of the 28 delegations were of the central Asian republics of what was then the Soviet Union and they are now independent countries. Observers from Arab League, Australia, London, Moscow, New York and the UNO were also present.

Addressing the Conference on the concluding day, April 2, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi had said: "If you want to give a message of importance to the West it must be a message of love......The West is today pining for wisdom. It is despairing of multiplication of atom bombs because such multiplication must destroy not merely all

Fortunately the suggested date also falls in the spring season, a season of rebirth, renewal and hope and fit for celebrations."

 

 

Letter of  the Chairman, Dr. Beni Prasad Agarwal, dated 1st Feb 2015, to Prime Minister of India, requesting him to declare 2nd April as "Asian Unity Day".                                                        

 

Dear Prime Minister,

         I wrote to the former Prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh quite some time back to declare a day to be celebrated as "Asian Unity Day". There was no response. Since you believe in special days as reminders of some goals & ideas, I am writing to you with much hope that this will be done. The "Association for Asian Union", short name AAU, (founded in 2001- website www.au2010.org) is an NGO promoting the cause of Asian Unity and World Peace via Asian Union.

         We all know how the institutions of the European Union have changed the scene in Europe. After the devastation of the two World Wars, and hundreds of years of struggle for the mastery of Europe, the European Union has transformed the continent which was the most dangerous region of the world into the most stable part of the world, while Asia has become the Continent of Instability and a potential source of future World Wars. It is felt that a positive idea celebrated annually will help in counteracting the various negative currents from time to time regarding relations among Asian countries, who have no option but to live in peace and amity in this nuclear age. If the 2nd of April is celebrated every year as “Asian Unity Day” it will promote the cause of peace and harmony in Asia as well as the whole World.

         The AAU   started commemorating the 2nd of April as “Asian Unity Day” from April 2, 2012, though similar events were organized earlier on different days. A large number of days in a year are observed as special days for one cause or another, on which the UN Secretary General also issues special messages. There are special days for Europe, Africa, and America and for Human Rights, Disarmament etc. but no day specially reminding us of the need for Asian Unity.

         AAU has done some research and come to the conclusion that the 2nd of April should be declared as "Asian Unity Day" to be celebrated as such every year. It was from 23 March, to 2 April 1947, before our Independence, that the first Asian Relations Conference was organized in New Delhi in the 'Purana Qila' by Mahatma Gandhi, C. Rajagopalachari, Sarojini Naidu, JawaharLal Nehru, Maulana Azad and others. Delegations from 28 Asian countries had come to attend the Conference. The countries were: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia-Cochin China-Laos, Ceylon, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaya, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine Jewish Delegation, The Philippines, Siam, Tajikistan, Tibet, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. It was a truly pan-Asian gathering including participants from the extreme west of the continent like Egypt and Palestine to the extreme east like Korea and Vietnam and from Mongolia in the north to Indonesia in the south. It is interesting to notice that 8 of the 28 delegations were of the central Asian republics of what was then the Soviet Union and they are now independent countries. Observers from Arab League, Australia, London, Moscow, New York and the UNO were also present.

         Addressing the Conference on the concluding day, April 2, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi had said: "If you want to give a message of importance to the West it must be a message of love......The West is today pining for wisdom. It is despairing of multiplication of atom bombs because such multiplication must destroy not merely all  the West but the whole world.......It is up to you to deliver the whole world and not merely Asia from wickedness and sin. That is the precious heritage which your teachers and my teachers have left for us." How relevant this advice of Mahatma Gandhi is even today!”.

         Fortunately the suggested date also falls in the spring season, a season of rebirth, renewal and hope and fit for celebrations.