Emphasis on the relevance and significance of the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation of 1971 was made by speakers at a Seminar and Photo Exhibition “Russia and India: Main Milestones in the History of the Development of Relations”, organised in marking the 48th anniversary of the Treaty at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi, on August 9, 2019.
Present on the occasion among the distinguished speakers were Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, and Air Marshal (Dr.) Pavan Kapoor, Vice Chairman of Rus Education.
Describing the 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty as a historical document reflecting the true essence and soul of friendship and cooperation between the two traditional, time-tested friends India and Russia, Mr. Dalbir Singh, Co-Chairman of the International Organisation “Assembly of the Peoples of EURASIA”, National Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, stressed that the Treaty reinvigorated the politics, history and geography of the country. He emphasised that it was imperative that we should be grateful to Russia for standing behind us to meet the challenge and overcome the crisis situation perpetrated by Pakistan with Western support.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, Mr. Vasilii Shagap, Chief Coordinator (Information & Culture), RCSC, traced the background of the tension gathering momentum in the sub-continent in the wake of the mass exodus of refugees at the instance of Pakistani adventurism and the consequent outcome of the historic Treaty the positive impact of which gave rise to the birth of Bangladesh.
Hailing the 1971 Treaty as a landmark document, Mr. J.P. Agarwal, former M.P. and President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, said that it demonstrated the strong support provided by Russia to India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a crucial hour in the history of India and the relevance and significance of the same are still alive with all its vigour and spirit.
Narrating the 1971 Treaty as a curtain-raiser in heralding a renewed chapter in the on-going relations between India and Russia, Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary of the India-Russia Friendship Society, Delhi Chapter, noted that India has a special relationship with Russia which is smooth, strong and consistent.
Ms. Purnima Anand, President, International Federation of Indo-Indian Youth Clubs and President of BRICS International Forum, said that the celebration of the 48th anniversary of the 1971 Indo-soviet Treaty by the RCSC reminds everyone of the great international historical and significant contract between two great countries and two great peoples worth emulating for mankind striving for world peace.