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

Chairman's letter of October 12, 2018, to Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, about need for a Democratic Asian Union:

Dear Prime Minister,
Existence of a democratic European Union helped in dissolution of totalitarian Soviet Union and emergence of 15 countries from it. A Democratic Asian Union may help in dissolution of totalitarian China which lacks Human Rights, Political Rights, Free Press etc and is in illegal occupation of Tibet. Our border was not with China but with Tibet; if Tibet is freed, our border problem can be solved easily. In a sense,China is also building a "New Wall of China" in the name of BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) 
 
European Union began with 6 countries. We already have 25 potential democratic countries to start a Democratic Asian Union: 10 countries of ASEAN + India, Japan, South Korea+6 more SAARC countries without Pakistan +5 countries of Central Asia which were Soviet Republics and are now multi-party democracies+ Lebanon from West Asia, which is multi-party and Secular country.
 
World's largest Democracy, India, could take the initiative. It will not take long for 25 to become more. Initially, in order not to alarm others, the Democratic Asian Union or Association can be for Cooperation in strengthening Democracy and Secularism. As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.Such an Union does not mean no tariffs and free movement of people. These things can be considered case by case and as feasible, in due course.
 
Please give some thought to this. The very launching of such an Organization will electrify the World Environment and tremendously enhance prestige of India and standing of BJP. Totalitarian China is as grave a threat as Soviet Union was. That threat disappeared without firing of a single Nuclear Bomb or Gun. Existence of a Democratic European Union, which was created over a number of years played a major role in this.
 
With every passing day, China is strengthening its hold on Tibet and gobbling it up. Nehruji first blundered by recognizing the occupation of Tibet by the Army of Communist China in 1950 and then by keeping the Dalai Lama in India , when he came in 1959 as an Asylum-Seeker. He should have followed Chanakyan or Machiavelian way to facilitate transit of the Dalai Lama to some neutral country in Europe. If he had done so there would have been no Chinese attack on India in 1962 and today Dalai Lama would have been a powerful voice for freedom of Tibet from a safe location and for Human Rights for all the Chinese people. By keeping him in India we are in a way guarding a Chinese prisoner and helping them to keep his mouth shut. He is now compelled even to say in public that he is not seeking independence and further weakening the Tibetan cause as well as our claim to Arunachal, because it was an independent Tibet which signed the Simla Agreement of 1914, recognizing the Macmohan line as our border.
 
Disappearance of the Chinese origin Interpol Chief in China for last 10 days is a concrete reminder of the risk of ignoring lack of Human Rights in China. The US Vice-President, Mike Pence, has just given a powerful speech underlining need for Democracy and Human Rights in China, at Hudson Institute. We will have strong allies in this endeavor to promote Democracy and Peace. In fact all major Multi-Party Democracies like USA, Canada, Australia can be invited to be Associate members of the proposed Democratic Asian Union.
 
With Regards,
 
Yours Sincerely 
 
Dr. Beni Prasad Agarwal,
Member RSS and BJP
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 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.