“In spite of distance, we are close to one another by heart”
H.E. Mr Gonchig Ganbold responds to questions from India Empire Magazine...
You have written many articles and books on Indo-Mongolian relations. What is the latest project that you are working on?
Thank you. In September, 2016 we co-organized with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) the International conference on Chinggis khan, his legacy and Indian culture, which was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Over two days some 30 papers were reviewed by renowned scholars, including some 20 politicians, senior diplomats, academicians from India. Then we have agreed to compile and publish the proceedings of this conference and continue it in September, 2017 in New Delhi, India. Therefore, I have drafted a concept note for the second conference on India and Mongolia: Historic linkages, scripts and literary heritages. Fortunately, my friends in India have warmly received this idea. Scholars and different universities have also shown a great deal of interest in it. You may wonder why this particular topic has been chosen for the second conference. There is a saying which goes “The best part of wealth is a script, next one is offspring and least one is a jewel”. And “The mankind through its long history hardly created more valuable and wonderful things than scripts”.
Wisdom and knowledge are being composed by scripts and their expression. Communication and preservation irrespective of time and distance by scripts and literary works constitute major accomplishments. Certainly in prehistory a varying ways including knotting of ropes, cutting on twigs or drawing on rock, bonfire and so on were being used.
Likewise, Mongolia and India have ancient ties. According to some annals Indians from Kangra Kingdom in Himalayan foothills migrated to the present territory of Mongolia and Mangaldev the son of the king headed the expedition. However, the majority of Indians are said to have returned to India after staying there for over 2000 years. Another project on which we are currently working on is building up Lord Buddha and his two disciples’ bronze statue to be erected in Mongolia. With invaluable assistance and wisdom of Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten, Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Tibetan studies, Sarnath, Varanasi we have got authentic sample for their statue that was unanimously acknowledged by high learned scholars and religious figures in Mongolia and India. I am in earnest hope that this statue would be embodied soon and become a vivid illustration of Mongolia and India brotherhood in dharma.