Pinna –APDPE association celebrates India’s Independence Day by creating pathways for intercultural dialogue

Independence Day is an annual observance celebrated every year on 15th of August. India’s Independence Day is a day of great significance for the people of India.

This year in 2018, India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day to pay tribute and remember all the freedom fighters who had contributed a lot and fought for the Independence of India.

This day is, as usual, celebrated by the Indian community in Tunisia.

This year the celebration got  a special flavour for Pinna –APDPE association in collaboration with the Indian embassy in Tunisia.

The association hosted two famous Guajarati and kuchipudi dance group along with yoga demonstration and show  guided by the Indian coach Dayram Sharma.

The group of dancers is a highly acclaimed group that has performed at several VIP events including at the Indian Presidential official residence.

The Pinna –APDPE association has for the past two years taken the initiative to organise, together with the Indian embassy in Tunisia, a cultural extravaganza to celebrate some cultural events including traditional Yoga, Indian music and dance.

Nearly one hundred guests attended the event including some participants were invited by the embassy.

“In today’s society, and for the future, in order to thrive, we need a culturally diverse workforce, which first means having a culturally diverse society”, Head of Association Pinna APDPE  Chokri Mansour told TunisianMonitorOnline.

“We can’t continue to erase our differences, but we must instead embrace our mix of backgrounds”, he indicated.

He also emphasized that in order to be a truly culturally diverse society, we need to embrace gender diversity, racial diversity, and ethnic diversity. We need to open up about diversity and inclusion, creating pathways for intercultural dialogue and exchange.

It’s not an easy problem to solve, and with a solution that’s so elusive, it has been easy to sweep these problems under the rug. But we cannot stop trying, Chokri Mansour underlined.

The Head of Association Pinna APDPE  said that a diverse culture is one that thrives off differences because they bring something magnificent to the societal table. “We all don’t think the same way, we don’t solve problem the same way, we don’t create the same way — and that’s what makes diversity so important, he noted.

But the key question on most people’s minds is this: “How do we get there?”, he wondered.

The answer is through dedicated efforts, a mutual understanding and respect, and an open intercultural dialogue. And it’s not just up to one person or organization, it’s up to all of us, Chokri Mansour highlighted.

He concluded that may be by dedicating ourselves to this cause now, our children or our children’s children won’t know what it feels like to live in a segregated, non-diverse society. We can only hope.

TunisianMonitorOnline (MNHN)



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