The Day of Russian Diplomatist was marked at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi on February 7, 2018. Celebrated every year, this is a significant day in the life of Russian diplomacy.
The function comprised inauguration of a Photo Exhibition, showcasing momentous landmarks of Russian-Indian relations, and a Round-Table Discussion “Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations: Glorious Historic Traditions and Vision for the Future”. An elite gathering attended the programme.
Throwing light on its historic background, Mr. Alexey Baev, Deputy Director, RCSC, in his welcome remarks, stated that the Day of Russian Diplomatist was established on February 10 by a Presidential Decree in 2002 to commemorate the founding of the Russian Diplomatic Service in 1549, and ever since the diplomatic service w as made into an office of the State and received a special status. He paid rich tributes to the late Alexander M. Kadakin, former Russian Ambassador to India, and lauded his signal contributions to the promotion of Russian-Indian relations. He also appreciated the commendable services of Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, who is leaving India for good soon.
Describing Indo-Russian diplomatic relations as a fascinating subject of his liking, Major Dalbir Singh, National Secretary, AICC, Co-President, International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia”, dwelt at length upon the salient features of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations and unique nature of the timely and substantial help, support and assistance provided by Russia to the setting up of India’s crucial economic infrastructure and the core defence, energy and scientific and technological sectors. Underscoring the multifarious bilateral economic, scientific, technological projects, he reiterated on making consistent joint efforts to increase and strengthen trade relations as well.
In an impressive observation made by Mr Sergey Karmalito, first expressed his sincere condolence at the untimely demise of Prof. Arun Mohanty, Head of Eurasian Division, JNU, whom he referred to as a noted scholar and expert in Russian-Indian relations who played a key role in the promotion of bilateral ties. He hailed the distinguished diplomatic services of noted figures such as Yuli Viorontsov and Alexander Kadakin. In this context he noted that Mr. Krishnan Raghunath, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Indian Ambassador to Russian is being honoured with an Award from Russian Foreign Ministry for his meritorious services, which would be conferred on him tomorrow at a function at the Russian Embassy. Mr. Karmalito made an overall assessment of the solid, smooth and efficient bilateral activities in many sectors and their diversification in a proper perspective. He laid stress on the pragmatic approach of people-to-people diplomacy by Russia and India based on mutual trust and mutual understanding.
While making an objective evaluation of Indo-Russian diplomatic relations, Mr Krishnan Raghunath made an emphatic note on how Russia took excellent care of observing and caring the diplomatic needs and priorities of the partner. Arising out of his own experience, he pin pointed the remarkable consideration bestowed on India by both the Soviet Government and the Russian Government in their foreign policy perception upholding the sovereignty and integrity of both sides. Excellent relations with India always remained a priority in Russia’s foreign policy and this has made Indo-Russian relations unique in world history, he added. The very fact that Russia stood by India at international forums both in times of peace and crisis demonstrated its historic role as a genuine strategic partner and its commitment to peaceful coexistence, humanitarian approach, development, said Mr. Raghuanth.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, President, Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists, and Ms. Purnima Anand, President, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, BRICS International Forum, also spoke on the occasion.