A special function heralding the 71st year of Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in (RCSC) New Delhi and the India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi) on April 18, 2018 brought into focus the bilateral positive effects and multilateral impacts of Russian-Indian relations on a broad spectrum.
A major highlight of the programme was the Exhibition of historic photos entitled “Down the Memory Lane”, dedicated to the 71st Anniversary of Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations.
As an important feature of the event, there was the presentation of mementos instituted by the India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi) to the distinguished guests of the occasion, namely, the Chief Guest Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, former Cabinet Minister of Coal, Government of India, Mr. J. P. Agarwal, former M.P. and former President, DPCC and Patron-in-Chief of India-Russia Friendship Society, Major Dalbir Singh, National Secretary, AICC, Ms. Ekaterina Semenova, First Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, and Mr Vladimir Poluektov, Press Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
While touching upon the globally decisive establishment of Indo-Soviet diplomatic relations in the early forties, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal stressed on the imperative shown by Jawaharlal Nehru to the Soviet Union in India’s foreign policy. He referred to Nehru’s first visit to the USSR in the thirties along with Indira Gandhi, who followed her father’s footsteps in this regard which saw new dimensions in Indo-Russian relations.
Underlining the confluence of ideas and commonalities of interests between the Soviet Union and India, Major Dalbir Singh pointed out the bold, wise and timely gestures of the USSR to be with India on major issues like Kashmir, Goa, membership in the UN Security Council, SCO, and others. He underlined the monumental Soviet help support to India during the 1971 war in the wake of the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation, sequel to which emerged the new state Bangladesh.
In her brilliant and impressive observation on reviewing overall the decades-long Russian-Indian relations, Ms. Ekaterina Semenova, pointed at 2017 as an year of unprecedented level of bilateral political ties between the two countries, which witnessed the visits by India’s Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and Home Minister to Russia. Regarding the bilateral trade, she said that the year 2017 showed an inspiring trend with 21. 5 per cent increase in the turnover making the final figure close to US $ 10 billion. “Together we strive to achieve US $ 30 billion in trade and US $ 15 billion in investment by 2025”, she said. Ms. Semenova laid stress on Russian-Indian joint efforts to strengthen the role of the UN and working closely on multilateral fora such as BRICS, G-20, WTO, SCO, the Eurasian Economic Union and ASEAN.
Dr. R. B. Singh, Secretary General, India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), proposed a vote of thanks.