Rich tributes were paid to the former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, and her significant contributions to the strengthening of Russian-Indian relations reaffirmed by distinguished speakers at a special seminar organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi jointly with India-Russia Friendship Society on November 20, 2018.
The seminar “Role of Indira Gandhi in Strengthening Russian-Indian Relations” was aimed at marking Indira Gandhi’s 101st Birth Anniversary. And, the participants comprised the Chief Guest Dr. Karan Singh, former Cabinet Minister, Government of India, Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President, International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of EURASIA”, Mr. J.P. Agarwal, Patron-in-Chief, India-Russia Friendship Society, former M.P (Lok Sabha), former President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (AICC), Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, Dr. R.B. Singh, General Secretary, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, and others
Throwing light on the illustrious life and political career of Indira Gandhi in his welcome remarks, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy described Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi as a multi-dimensional personality, prominent world leader and stateswoman, and above all, an architect of Russian-Indian relations, who maintained excellent relations with Russian leaders, scientists, Indologists, academics, artists, public figures, social activists, etc, and who was held in high esteem by the people of his country. He observed that Russian-Indian relations became a priority concern in the foreign policy formulations of both sides, and bilateral relations flourished during the Indira Era in the core sectors of space science, technology, economy, trade, art and culture.
Prior to paying glowing tributes to Indira Gandhi, Dr. Karan Singh expressed his emotional reverence to Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a personal friend of his, while ushering into the Red Hall named after him.
In his privileged capacity of a close associate of the Nehru family for many decades, Dr. Karan Singh shared his impressive experience with Indira Gndhi in his long political career. He made special emphasis on how she took sincere efforts and initiative to forge excellent relations with Russia in the right perspective of India’s future prospects, development and world peace at large. He recalled his momentous meetings with Soviet leaders, who expressed solidarity with India’s broader interests on humanity. Dr. Karan Singh described
the historic 1971 Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation as a solid safeguard on India’s overall security and defence. Without the timely Russian help, assistance and support, India would not have reached the present status of economic infrastructure, he concluded.
Describing Indira Gandhi as an Iron Lady, Major Dalbir Singh reiterated that but for her wise and strategic stance in terms of handling several crucial political issues, particularly on Bangladesh, of course with the moral and material support of Russia, things would have been different altogether and changed the destiny. He added that she stood as a pillar on matters such as bank nationalisation, previ-purse to ex-rulers, woman empowerment, environment and ecology, etc..
In his remarkable narration of Indira Gandhi’s multi-faceted unique contributions, Mr. J.P Agarwal touched upon her principal emphasis on forging special relation with Russia. He further referred to the goodwill enjoyed by Indira Gandhi among world leaders which inspired her to strictly follow the footsteps of her father Jawaharlal Nehru with regard to strengthening the ideals of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). As regards the future prospects of India, she exactly followed in principle the socialist pattern of Russia in the uplift of the country’s down-trodden and under-privileged, Mr. Agarwal observed.
Before the conclusion of the event, the India-Russia Friendship Society honoured the distinguished guests Dr. Karan Singh, Major Dalbir Singh, Mr. J. P. Agarwal, as well as Ms. Galina Vishnyakova, Teacher, School of Classical Ballet, Ms. Tatiana Perova, Head of Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC, Mr. Tatyana Shipilova, Director, Institute of Russian Language, RCSC, and Mr. S.V. Nair, Media Advisor, RCSC.
Dr. R. B. Singh proposed a vote of thanks.