Earlier, a Photo Exhibition, dedicated to the 72nd Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), was opened.
The Festival is aimed at consolidating the youth community of the world based on the ides of peace, solidarity and social justice, strengthening international youth relations as well as promoting inter-ethnic youth cooperation. More than 20,000 people aged 18-35 from more than 150 countries will participate in the 19th festival, that include leaders of youth NGOs and political parties, young journalists, artists and sportsmen, young professors and scientists, as well as compatriots and foreigners, who study Russian language and are interested in the Russia’s culture. The key topics on the agenda are Culture and Globalization, Global Economy, Knowledge Economy, Social Institutions’ Development and Politics and Internati0nal Security. Organizers of the event are inviting 250 young Indians for participation. The last date of registration on the official web portal www.russia2017.com is May 15, 2017.
At the outset, the speakers paid rich tributes to the late Ambassador Alexander M. Kadakin for his significant contribution to the development of stronger relations between Russia and India. On the occasion, through the platform of India-Russia Media Forum, a demand was raised to the Government of India to honour Kadakin with Padma Shree Award, his statue to be installed in New Delhi/India, and one of the roads to be named after him as a token of respect to his contribution to a healthy relationship with India on behalf of Russia.
Sharing his personal experience during the first diplomatic assignment in Moscow, Dr. V. B. Soni, former Ambassador, deeply appreciated the serious care and attention shown to the youth by the Russian Government. He congratulated the young Indian participants to become part of such a historic event in Russia.
Dr. Kamal Taori, IAS (Retd.), laid stress on the need of youth to explore their inner strengthen and become a workforce for world transformation with local resources with the innovative, implementable, investigative, inclusive and investigative ideas.
Mr. Sergey Karmalito noted that the biggest delegation is invited from India. He described Sochi as a beautiful city to visit and its importance for holding historical events like Olympics and upcoming festival. He also supported the demands raised by the India-Russia Media Forum.
Mr. T. Rama Rao, Trustee, Sri Bala Baba Central Trust, emphasised on the spiritual balancing of youth’s inner source and external resource. He highlighted the importance of education for the transformation of people’s empowerment and lauded the role of youth in the uplift of poor people.
Ms. Nana M. Mgeladze, Counsellor (Culture), Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, showcased a video presentation to motivate Indian youth to take part in the Photo Contest which is jointly organised by the Indian and Russian Governments dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India.
A book titled “Media Can Do Wonders in Students Life” by Mr. S.S. Dogra, Managing Editor, Dwaraka Parichay Media Group, was launched by Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
The programme concluded with a power-point presentation on “How to participate in the XIX World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia” by Mr. Mohammad Akil, representative of BRICS International Forum.