The Capital city of Kerala witnessed a rare confluence of Indian and Russian students on February 5-11, 2013. The occasion was the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of Indo-Russian Students’ Club attached to the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC).
Ten school students from the Moscow Samara Irkutsk and other cities of Russia, as well as representatives of the Indo-Russian Students’ Club in Kerala were the active participants of the celebrations. The Club was established in 2011 at the initiative of the RCSC in Trivandrum, supported by the School of Young Diplomats under the Moscow State University of International Relations.
The main function was held at the St. Mary’s Residential Central School, Poojapura, where the 12th Chapter of the Club was formed. The Russian students’ delegation was accorded a welcome at the school in a traditional way.
Secretary of the Russian Chapter of the Club Ms. Anastasia Bogdanova and Secretary of the Indian Chapter Ms. Gatha Namboodhiry exchanged Russian and Indian flags. Following this ceremony, the members of the Russian delegation, led by Mr. Denis Mostovoi of the School of Young Diplomats, and Indian delegates, led by Mr. Mohammed Benyahin, secretary of the Trivandrum Chapter of the Club, took the oath to carry forward the Russian-Indian Peoples’ Diplomacy.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation, and Director of the RCSC in Trivandrum, said that even though strategic partnership existed among many countries, the partnership and friendly ties between Russia and India remained unique and time-tested. “We have more than 10 clubs and societies under the auspices of the RCSC, but the Students’ Club is very significant because we need a new generation in both Russia and India which will love and respect each other, because people-to-people contact is the foundation for Russian-Indian Relationship”, said Mr. Ratheesh Nair. After the conclusion of the official part of the function, a colourful cultural programme presented by both Russian and Indian students was also held. The Russian students were highly impressed by the Mohiniyattam and folk dance performed by Indian students, and in turn the Indian students were delighted by the dance items presented by Russian students.
The Russian student delegation had a courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Oommen Chandy at his office in the Kerala Secretariat on February 7. The students showed keen interest in the live-webcast introduced by the government aimed at transparency in governance, the immense wealth of Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Communism and current status of student politics in the state, and other matters that featured in the meeting. The team also visited some schools and tourist centres of historical importance before leaving Kerala.