Speakers paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi at a Seminar jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi) at 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, on November 17, 2011.
The Seminar held on the eve of the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi entitled “Significant Contributions of Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi to the Development of India and Strengthening of Indo-Russian Relations” also included a Photo Exhibition focussing on important landmark events in the colourful political career of Indira Gandhi with particular emphasis on India’s relation with Russia during her life-time.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhmedov, Deputy Director, RCSC, described Indira Gandhi as a multi-dimensional personality who not only provided considerable impetus to the development of India, but also brought a great momentum to Russian-Indian relations following the footsteps of her father Jawaharlal Nehru. He said that Indira Gandhi made India a power to reckon with before the eyes of the world and Russian-Indian relations a role-model for other countries to emulate.
Mr. Mahabal Misra, M.P. made an overall review of how the erstwhile Soviet Union generously helped and supported India in times of difficulties. He pointed out that Indo-Russian relations flourished during the times of Indira Gandhi.
Mr. Ramesh Dutta, former Deputy Mayor of Delhi and Head of Nehru Brigade, recalled the nostalgic memories of the Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi eras when the people in the villages, the poor and downtrodden received maximum heed from the government and leaders.
Dr. A.K. Gupta, Member of India-Russia Friendship Society, made an impressive observation on how seriously Indira Gandhi approached the imperative issue of Indo-Soviet relations to the larger and interest of the people and nation in a broader perspective.
Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh, Spokesperson, Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee, and Mr. C. P. Mittal, General Secretary, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, also paid rich tributes to Indira Gandhi and referred to the signal contributions she had made to the strengthening of Indo-Russian relations.
Dr. R. B. Singh, General Secretary, India-Russia Friendship Society (Delhi), paying rich tributes to Indira Gandhi, underlined her signal contributions which went a long way in consolidating Indo-Russian Relations. He thanked the RCSC for organizing the seminar.