Patna,(BiharTimes): It was an embarrassing moment for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday when the president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Karan Singh, said how his letter to the Bihar government regarding the opening of regional centre of ICCR was totally ignored by the state government officials.
Speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of the 19th centre of ICCR in Patna he said when he received no reply from the state government he sent some of his officials to Bihar to inquire about the letter and the state government’s response.
Surprisingly when the officials of ICCR came to Bihar and asked about the letter the official in Patna amazingly asked what letter they are talking about and when was it written.
He counselled the state government officials to take the matter more seriously. As Karan Singh, a former Union minister and Rajya Sabha MP, spoke the chief minister just smiled.
He further said India had been a super power from the cultural point of view and impact of Hindu and Buddhist religion is visible in Asian countries.
Meanwhile, inaugurating the ICCR Nitish said it would play a vital role in associating with the Asian countries. It would promote cultural activities and pave the way for talents from Bihar,especially artistes, to play an important role.
He thanked Karan Singh for his initiative to have the ICCR’s regional office in Patna. He said Nalanda International University and Bihar government would jointly organise a three-day international seminar to remind the people about old history and culture of Bihar.
On this occasion the Chief Minister also released a magazine of the state Art and Culture department titled Patna Kalam.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state Art and Culture minister Sukhda Pandey and ICCR director general Suresh Kumar Goel also spoke on the occasion.