//Orissa : No to Dalits & Tribals, Yes to Israel

Orissa : No to Dalits & Tribals, Yes to Israel

Photo exhibition on semitic nation’s archaeological sites

Statesman News Service, BHUBANESWAR, Jan. 24.

People of the state had the opportunity to have a glimpse of a few best known and most interesting archaeological sites of Israel through a photo exhibition titled as “ Israel: Archaeology from the Air”.
The exhibition, organised by the Embassy of Israel in collaboration with the state museum, was inaugurated by the ambassador of Israel to India, Mr David Danieli and state’s culture minister Dr Damodar Rout here today. It will be opened to public till 10 February, said the organisers.
Inaugurating the photo exhibition, Mr Danieli said his country had a history of more than 4,000 years, which was evident from various ancient archaeological sites. The small country with a 22,000 sq km area had more than 3,500 archaeological sites. Similarly, Orissa has a rich cultural heritage, he said.
Underscoring the need for more and more cultural exchange between Israel and Orissa, the diplomat said the present photo exhibition was a step towards this venture. Similar photo exhibition on Orissa’s archaeological sites and cultural heritage needed to be held in Israel.
Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Orissa, Dr Rout said the state had several ancient monuments and archaeological sites. There were ancient temples dating back to 10th century and also more than 3.5 lakh palm leaf manuscripts.

Orissa and Israel have many things to share, said the minister stressing on the need for cultural exchange. Among others, culture secretary, Mr Ashok Tripathy and superintendent of state museum, Dr CB Patel spoke on the occasion.

Photos of 25 selected archaeological sites shot from the air were on display. The sites on display included the citadel of Jerusalem, the biblical city of King David etc. It may be noted that Israel has the highest density of known archaeological sites per square kilometre. The land is the birth place of two of the greatest monotheistic faiths of the world — Judaism and Christianity.


Israel offers help in water management, agriculture, irrigation

Statesman News Service
BHUBANESWAR, Jan. 24. — Israeli government today extended cooperation to Orissa in the field of agriculture, water management and irrigation. It also invited a delegation of experts to visit Israel and explore the possibilities of sharing know how in these fields.
The offer was made by the Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr David Danieli, during his meeting with the chief minister, Mr Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat today.

It may be recalled that initiatives were taken by the previous Congress government during the late 90’s to avail of the Israeli know how on dry land farming and sprinkler irrigation. An official delegation, led by the then chief minister, Mr JB Patnaik had visited Israel at that time. The Israeli diplomat told reporters today that they had no interest in mining and they were willing to share their know how and expertise in the field of agriculture, water management and irrigation. Mr David Danieli informed that Israeli experts were working in these fields in a few southern states including Andhra Pradesh.

Asked whether Israel government was interested to invest in Orissa, Mr Danieli said it was not possible to tell this at the moment. He also left the decision to choose focus areas on the state government. Stating that the cooperation in the field of agriculture and water management will not be a one-way affair, he said there would be exchange of knowledge, expertise and training in these fields. Israel will send experts to Orissa to train the farmers and officials, said the diplomat.