PM Modi on seven decades of India-Russia friendship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi article on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Russian Federation published in the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazzetta May 31, 2017
There are seven decades April 13, 1947, to be precise, even before India had gained independence, India and Russia have established diplomatic relations among themselves. I send a warm greeting to the people of Russia and India on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this milestone. Celebrating this year. E in 2017.
Relations between India and Russia have been a constant in a world that has changed drastically since 1947. They have stood the test of time and have grown from strength to strength. The resilience of our relationship is based on the fact that it is based on the principles of equality, trust and mutual benefit. We have adapted our partnership at different stages of our national development and the changing realities of the international context. We were together in good times and bad.
Our relationship, of course, goes well beyond the last seventy years. That is full of history. They also go beyond governments. Afanasei Nikitin from Tver travelled to India in the 15th century to link Russia to India. Later, in the mid-18th century, Indian traders moved between India and Russia and settled settlements in Astrakhan. Gerasim Lebedev, a pioneer of Indology and Bengali theatre, visited India at the same time. It was followed by Ivan Menayev mid-19th century who introduced Sanskrit to the people of Russia, studied Vedic literature, edicts of Ashoka the Great, Pali grammar and Buddhist studies. Researchers such as Sergei Oldenburg and Fyodor Shcherbatskoy continued this tradition in the following decades, the translation and study of many Indian epics and classical texts.
In recent years, the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore was translated into Russian and Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, and Leon Tolstoï corresponded to each other. The immortal work of Nikolai Roerich and his love for India remain a part of our rich cultural heritage. Russian writers such as Dostoyevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov have influenced Indian thought and drama. Yoga, Indian movies, songs and dances are a permanent link between our people.
The Soviet Union helped India build its industrial base. Bokaro and Bhilai plants, the Bhakra Nangal-e hydroelectric dam images of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma aboard the Soyuz T-11 as the first cosmonaut of India are etched in the minds of all Indians.
Over the last 70 years, India has developed an important industrial and technological base and diversified. We are among the leading economies in the world experiencing the fastest growth. The accelerated growth potential of India has never been so great, nor the highest optimism. Russia re-appears the events of 1991 as a world power with international reach and influence. Its economy has been modernized and a new generation of the country’s advances.
In 2000, India and Russia signed a Strategic Partnership Declaration. In 2010, we elevated our partnership into a special and privileged strategic partnership. These are just words. They contain an ambitious plan for our cooperation. Our cooperation in the military-technical field is a pillar of great strength in relations between India and Russia. Russian equipment and technology are the backbones of our defence forces. Today, symbols of our contemporary society include Indian investment in Sakhalin 1, and now the Vankor oil field and Taas-Yuryakh joint venture project, NPP Kudankulam and Brahmos. In the economic field, we aim to increase mutual investments in manufacturing, the development of the North-South Corridor international transport and the creation of a green corridor. India has contributed significantly to Russia’s pharmaceutical industry.

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