Speakers at a Seminar, jointly organized by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, were unanimous in underlining the significance of Delhi Declaration signed by Rajiv Gandhi and Mikhail Gorbachev on November 27, 1986.
The Seminar “The Efforts of Russia and India to Maintain Stability and Security in the World” to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Delhi Declaration on the Principles of a Nuclear Weapon-Free and Non-Violent World, addressed by dignitaries from different spheres, was attended by a large gathering.
Earlier welcoming the audience, Mr. Gadzhi M. Akhemdov, Deputy Director, RCSC, noted that the ideas of Delhi Declaration are more relevant today than 25 years ago, and added that it will remain a historic event in the continuous struggle to save humanity from a nuclear holocaust.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All-India Congress Committee, described the Delhi Declaration as a landmark historical document signed between India and the Soviet Union. It required extraordinary courage of conviction for the leaders of the two countries to sign the document, he added. Referring to bilateral relations, he noted that both India and Russia believe in the multi-polar world and respect each other’s positions.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nivedita Das Kundu, Foreign Policy Analyst, Indian Council of Social Science Research, noted that the Action Plan of the Delhi Declaration introduced by India deserves to be remembered both for its wisdom and for the abiding relevance of its powerful vision of a path towards a safer and more peaceful world.
Making his observation, Mr. Denis Krasilnikov, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, touched upon Russian-Indian cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy and in the salient features of the Russian aided nuclear energy plants in India with particular emphasis on their safety and durability. And the nuclear energy cooperatin has drawn the right inspiration from the Delhi Declaration, he added.
Underscoring the importance of the Delhi Declaration, Mr. R. Prasannan, Chief of Bureau, The Week English Political Weekly, observed that Delhi Declaration is the boldest step taken by India and the erstwhile Soviet Union towards disarmament aimed at a peaceful world. He described the 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty and the Delhi Declaration as the two bulwarks of bilateral enduring friendship and cooperation between our two countries. India’s peaceful nuclear programme is based on the Delhi Declaration, he said. In this context, Mr. Prasannan referred to India’s National Security Advisor, Mr. M. K. Narayanan, reiterating the time-bound elimination of nuclear weapons in the Munich Security Conference in 2009.