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Association for Asian Union & Asia-Pacific Cooperation

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

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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."

 

Updated Resolution of meeting of “Association for Asian Union & Asia-Pacific Cooperation” on 24-09-2016:

Not long ago, Europe was the most dangerous Continent in the World. Apart from many internal wars for the mastery of Europe, two hot World Wars and a third Cold World War, which lasted almost 50 years, emanated from Europe. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, and successful expansion of Democracy in Europe, that Continent has become a source of stability in the World. On the other hand, Asia has taken over the mantle of instability and potential danger for the rest of the World. A Fourth World War , which is a mixture of hot & cold Terrorism is raging today and has all the roots in Asia.

Observing the success of the European Union, which began with 6 members and expanded to 28, it was felt that an Asian Union could help towards World Peace. Hence on 31 August 2001 an Association for Asian Union was launched by Dr. Beni Prasad Agarwal and other like-minded intellectuals from different walks of life. After several Seminars & Conferences it was felt that without progress of Democracy and Secularism in Asia a real Asian Union cannot be achieved. Therefore, in March 2015, Asia-Pacific Cooperation was added to promote Democracy & Development in Asia in collaboration with advanced Democracies like USA, Canada, and Australia etc. It has become clear that without Multi-Party-ism a Country tends to become Authoritarian and without Secularism it tends to become intolerant and extremist.

In view of the above, and the fact that India is the largest Democracy in the World and is located in the very centre of Asia, with deep historical, cultural and economic links with all of Asia, this assembly of members and guests of “Association for Asian Union & Asia Pacific Cooperation” urges Government of India and specially the dynamic Prime Minister, Narendra Modiji to launch an “Asian Union” (AU) of countries practicing Multi-Party-Democracy as well as Secularism. Although the name will be simply Asian Union, mandatory qualifications like Multy-Party-Democracy, Secularism, Human Rights, Free Press and Independent Judiciary etc. can be enumerated in the Preamble or a Section on Fundamental Principles.

Countries like Australia & New Zealand can be Associate Members, while countries like USA, Canada can be Observers.

Such a beginning will serve as a beacon to countries with lack of genuine Democracy & poor Human Rights records to come up to the standard to be eligible for membership. The very launching of such an Association will bring about a qualitative change in World Affairs and will lead to Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World.

 

Draft Resolution for meeting of “Association for Asian Union  & Asia-Pacific Cooperation” on 24-09-2016:

Not long ago, Europe was the most dangerous Continent in the World. Apart from many internal wars for the mastery of Europe, two hot World Wars and a third Cold World War, which lasted almost 50 years, emanated from Europe. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, and successful expansion of Democracy in Europe, that Continent has become a source of stability in the World. On the other hand, Asia has taken over the mantle of instability and potential danger for the rest of the World. A Fourth World War , which is a mixture of hot & cold Terrorism is raging today and has all the roots in Asia.

Observing the success of the European Union, which began with 6 members and expanded to 28, it was felt that an Asian Union could help towards World Peace. Hence on 31 August 2001 an Association for Asian Union was launched by Dr. Beni Prasad Agarwal and other like-minded intellectuals from different walks of life. After several Seminars & Conferences it was felt that without progress of Democracy and Secularism in Asia a real Asian Union cannot be achieved. Therefore, in March 2015, Asia-Pacific Cooperation was added to promote Democracy & Development in Asia in collaboration with advanced Democracies like USA, Canada, and Australia etc. It has become clear that without Multi-Party-ism a Country tends to become Authoritarian and without Secularism it tends to become intolerant and extremist.

In view of the above, and the fact that India is the largest Democracy in the World and is located in the very middle of Asia, with deep historical, cultural and economic links with all of Asia, this assembly of members and guests of “Association for Asian Union & Asia Pacific Cooperation” urges Government of India and specially the dynamic Prime Minister, Narendra Modiji to launch an “Asian Democratic Union” (ADU) of countries practicing Multi-Party-Democracy as well as Secularism. Countries like Australia & New Zealand can be Associates Members, while countries like USA, Canada can be Observers. Such a beginning will serve as a beacon to countries with poor Human Rights records to come up to the standard and will lead to Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World. The very launching of such an Association will bring about a qualitative change in the World Affairs.

 

Message of Chairman for Tea meeting on 24 of September 2016:


I am organizing a Tea-Meeting on Saturday 24rth of September in IIC, Seminar Room-1, Kamladevi Block (New Block with entry from Gate-1) from 5-30pm to 8 pm.Gate 1 comes before main gate if you come from
Khan Market side.

Tea will begin at 5-30pm followed by a discussion on "Can Democracy exist without Multi-partyism and Secularism?". The Seminar is under the auspices of "Association for Asian Union & Asia-Pacific Cooperation", details of which are on www.au2010iorg

I am Completing 80 years of life on 24rth September( entering 81rst year on 25th) and will be glad to share some snacks and cake with
friends who are able to come. Please confirm attendance by Thursday 22nd or latest Friday 23rdto facilitate arrangements.

We may also discuss and pass a resolution urging Government of India to organize soon an International Conference of Asian Countries practicing multi-party Democracy as well as Secularism and consider launching an Asian Democratic Union. China will not qualify as it has one-party rule and Pakistan will not qualify as it does not practice Secularism but sponsors Terrorism in name of religion but Bangladesh and many other Asian countries will qualify as they practice both Multi-Party-ism and Secularism.

Those coming can also call me at+91 9811113810 or send sms

 

Chairman's post of 31rst May 2016 on Facebook:

         A well-attended meeting of Association for Asian Union and Asia -Pacific Cooperation was held at India International Centre on 28th of May 2016. It was chaired by me in my capacity as Chairman of the Organization. Shri Sandeep Marwah, President, assisted.

         Since the subject was “World Peace via Asian Union " I surveyed the scene from Egypt and Palestine in West Asia to Japan & Korea in East Asia. It was recognized that Asia today is like an open Pandora's Box with potential for many conflicts. I added that AAU & APC has to be a catalyst to awaken society to the dangers and suggest ways to avert the dangers. However those attending felt that the quest for a border-less Asia has to continue and if we persevere the goal will be reached.

         I mentioned that the influx of refugees from Asian conflicts, especially the ones in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan into Europe is beginning to bring back borders in Europe which had become border-less through the European Union, and had become a source of stability in the World. This has made solving of Asian problems even more urgent to ensure World Peace

         Some members said we have to help in resolution of Asian conflicts and also for a mental revolution, because borders in minds have to go first. A member who runs a "Peaceful Mind Foundation" will organize Workshops for this. Shri Suren Goyal, who joined as a Life-Member on the same day emphasized need for use of Social Media through which huge audiences world-wide can be reached in no time as compared to Seminars which give access to a few only and that too in limited places. However it was decided to use both methods.

         It was decided to organize a Two-day Conference on Asian Unity, with sessions on Economic Cooperation, Trade & Tariffs, Asian Energy Union, Tourism, Religious Harmony, Terrorism and Environment. It was also felt that the Indian Prime Minister should be approached to give a call for an Asian Union.

         Ali Mustafa spoke about the need for a Dialogue among Representatives of different Religions and Sects to promote Better Understanding and Harmony, by specially involving youngsters.

 

 

                  Asian Unity Day has been celebrated regularly in 2014, 2015 and 2016 on 2nd of April.

         On the 13th of November, 2014, Association for Asian Union organised an interactive Seminar on need for promoting the idea of an Asian Union, to ensure peace and prosperity in Asia, at the Asian Academy of Film & Television in Noida, U.P., India, close to Delhi. This was one of the events in a 3-day Global Film Festival. There was a very positive and enthusiastic participation by a large number of people.

         Today many areas in Asia are in turmoil and potential source of wars affecting the whole world. A Pan-Asian Body will help in preventing explosive developments. It was concluded that progress of Democracy in Asia is the key to an Asian Union.

         At the Seminar, references were made to the India- Asean Summit as well as the East Asia Summit taking place in Myanmar at the same time. All participants are going to promote Asian Unity and Democracy in Asia through internet. All are invited to join in. For information and ideas, reference can also be made to website of AAU www.au2010.org.