On 13 June, Delhi Study Group, organised a programme to promote Indo-African relations at the Constitutional Club in the Capital. Owing to the dust storms and heavy rainfall, the programme started an hour late and was rather a short event of less than two hours, in which African Head of Missions from more than 35 countries were present.
President of the study group and an ex BJP MLA, Vijay Jolly stole the show as he talked about the achievements of his group. Interestingly there was also a yoga performance by Bal Yogi Sanjay Solanki, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the Ambassador of Burkina Fast (who surprisingly is a great yoga enthusiast as he later confided and confessed how Indians always want to talk to him about yoga). Amongst the African diplomats, <g data-gr-id="39">Gennet</g> <g data-gr-id="40">Zewide</g> (dean of African Nations and Ambassador of Ethiopia) took to the podium and emphasised the need for people to people cooperation between countries and the role of NGOs in fostering friendship and peace between India and the African nations following which, all the Head of Missions present were honored on stage one by one.
Although the press release by the Study Group cited a variety of important issues to cover and discuss about like the Indo-African trade, education, military assistance and economic development but nothing pertaining to Indo-African relations was even mentioned by the organisers. <g data-gr-id="56">However</g> the enthusiasm of the African diplomats was a delight to watch as they attended the whole event and humbly accepted their <g data-gr-id="30">momentos</g> even when the announcer wrongly pronounced their names while
inviting them on the stage.
Nonetheless, the fact that an NGO organised an event just to honour these diplomats is worth appreciating and shows great hope for Africa which, as a matter of fact, has always been ignored by the Indian mainstream. Perhaps in the future we can look forward to better dialogues initiated by the common people and the NGOs on these bilateral issues but for now, we surely can admire the stunning attires of the African diplomats having bright happy smiles on their faces while receiving their bouquets and <g data-gr-id="33">momentos</g>!