Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually attended the 5th Culture Ministers’ Meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Russian Federation held the meeting through a video conference under its Chairpersonship. The delegates from Culture Ministries of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of South Africa participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the impact of epidemiological situations on the cultural sphere in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. They reviewed the possible implementation of joint cultural online-projects within BRICS. Patel addressed the meeting participants and presented India’s perspective to strengthen the cultural cooperation within BRICS. He said they could do this through alternatively sharing and organizing cultural events in the online format, given the prevailing pandemic situation.
Patel stated, “Covid-19 has been a sad experience for us. But it has again shown us that nature does not discriminate among countries.” He added that it does not differentiate between people based on caste and creed. Culture is the bonding force above all human-made demarcations and connects people through love and harmony. Therefore when we meet through such programs, we come back more enriched than before.”
Indian side proposed some suggestions/events in Culture Minister’s address, like Digital Online Exhibition on a shared theme, opening the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa Corner under the auspices of BRICS Alliance of Libraries; and The National Gallery of Modern Arts, New Delhi hosting the BRICS joint exhibition titled ‘Bonding Regions & Imagining Cultural Synergies.’
In the end, the declaration of the 5th Meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa Ministers of Culture was agreed upon and signed by all the BRICS Nations representatives.