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Present the role played by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)  amidst the ever-increasing role of soft power across the world.

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

1. Present the role played by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)  amidst the ever-increasing role of soft power across the world.(250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why this question:

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) celebrates its foundation day on 9th of April. The article presents a brief upon it.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the role being played by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) while asserting the significance of soft power in the current world.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the coming of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) into existence. The ICCR is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India involved in India’s external cultural relations, through cultural exchanges with other countries and their peoples. It was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister.

Body:

To start with, highlight the role of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The ICCR was established when there was neither the concept of soft power nor was the term in use. Naturally then, the activities were limited in terms of their number and their diverse character as well. Majorly, it was about scholarships to foreign students, cultural exchanges involving artistes and youths as also establishing some chairs in some universities, etc. Now, in a world where every nation wants to influence and occupy the mind space of the global community and thereby add to its prowess, the ICCR has a major role to play. Owing to the limitations of military might which are more obvious, the importance of soft power is increasing.

Conclusion:

Conclude that the ICCR is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India involved in India’s external cultural relations, through cultural exchanges with other countries and their peoples, thus is pivotal in tendering India’s soft power diplomacy.