India's cultural body ICCR among sponsors of Karachi Literature Festival

ICCR's presence as the organiser of Karachi Literature Festival comes at a time when there exists a ban for Pakistani artists in India and when talks about issuing visas to people who can help in encouraging cultural interactions

India

The one intersting fact about Pakistan's ongoing Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is about it's list of organisers, and one that strikes all of us will be Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Highly contradictory to the demagoguery going on here about alienating anyhting related to Pakistan, Indian government's key cultural organisations which promotes India's relations with external world by implementing Foreign Ministry's projects abroad, is one of the main sponsors of the function.


Accoding to Times Of India, Government repsonded to the queries about the information saying the country was not giving up on people-to-people contact even if political tensions are beyond reconciliation.

"We are working to increase India's cultural footprint across the world under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, including in Pakistan," ICCR director general Amarendra Khatua told TOI.

ICCR's presence as the organiser of Karachi Literature Festival comes at a time when there exists a ban for Pakistani artists in India and when talks about issuing visas to people who can help in encouraging cultural interactions.

The Indian government is adamant on it's stand of non cooperation for talks until Pakistan takes action against India-specific terror outfits.

ICCR's role as sponsor of Karachi Literature Festival comes at a time when India invited Pakistan to attend the South Asia Speakers' Summit, Indore next month. Islamabad rebuffed the invitation and Paksitani media has described the denial as a reply to India's "hostile policies".

India had pulled out from the SAARC summit last year in the wake of Uri terror attack, and several other nations also boycotted the summit leading to its postponement. Both the nations' officials participated in a SAARC meet in Nepal.

Many people had expressed hopes in the recent developments, but the foreign ministery remains firm on it's stand there is o question of recalling the hard position against terrorism.