Speakers at a special function, organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi, on August 9, 2018, were unanimous in emphasising the significance of the Russian-Indian Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation signed between the Soviet Union and Republic of India on August 9, 1971.Marking the 47th Anniversary of the Treaty, an impressive Photo Exhibition entitled “Russia and India: the Milestones in the History of Relations Development”, demonstrating the landmark historical events binding the two countries in the past decades, was inaugurated.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion comprised Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President, International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia”, Mr. J. P. Agarwal, EX-M.P. (Lok Sabha), Ex-President, Delhi Pradesh Congress President (DPCC), Patron-in-Chief, India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary, India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), Mrs. Purnima Anand, President, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Cubs and BRICS International Forum, Mr. Jasbir Nischal, Secretary, Indian Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, Ms. Tatiana Perova, Acting Director, RCSC, Dr. Debashish Chowdhury, Head of Neurology Department, G.B. Pant Hospital, Mt. Pratik Mishra, Editor, Rashtriya Sahara, Hindi Daily Newspaper, Dr. Bharat Jha, Journalist and Secretary, India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), and others. Besides, people from all walks of life cutting across all political parties, Russian compatriots, media persons, students, etc. , were present.
In his brilliant address, Major Dalbir Singh presented the historical and political background on which the monumental 1971 Treaty was signed at the crucial phase India was passing through, and which led to the glorious victory of the country thereby giving a crushing defeat to Pakistan, emanating into the birth of a new nation Bangladesh. In this context, Major Dalbir Singh lauded the determination and fortitude the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the unprecedented help and support of the Soviet Government.
Describing the 1971 Russian-Indian Treaty as a “Mother of all Treaties”, Mr. J.P. Agarwal recalled the unique spirit and all-out help and support provided by Russia to India in building a strong economic infrastructure. Describing Indo-Russian relations as time-tested, mutually beneficial and century-old, Mr. Agarwal underlined the importance of the smooth, steady and stable strategic partnership between our two countries. He specifically lauded the timely assistance in multi-faceted core sectors, particularly defence, which stood India in good stead.
In his welcome remarks earlier, Mr. Vasily Shagap, Chief Coordinator (Culture & Information, RCSC, narrated the salient features of the 1971 Treaty, epitomising in itself a special relationship between the USSR and India, as a guarantor of regional peace and security, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Mr. Vasily Shagap made an optimistic note on the upcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin to India as a factor in reiterating and reinvigorating the on-going bilateral joint efforts to ensure a multi-polar world order.
After the official part of the function, the India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), facilitated the distinguished guests and dignitaries.