November 19 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi was held the seminar “Indira Gandhi and her contribution to the development of Indo-Russian relations” marking the 96th birth anniversary of the great Indian politician.
The programme jointly organised by the RCSC and International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs, was attended by prominent public figures, journalists, activists of Indo-Russian friendship, students.
The important dignitaries, who participated in the seminar – Dr Dmitry Chelyshev, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Mr R.B.Singh, Secretary General of the India-Russia Friendship Association, Mrs Nirmal Bhatnagar, Head of Journalism Department, JIMS Institute, Delhi, Mrs Sudesh Bhalla, Retd. Principal, Maitreyi College Chanakyapuri, and Mrs. Mudita Joshi, daughter of Indo-Russian friendship activist late Dr. Gupta were unanimous in hailing the significant contributions to the development of Indo-Russian relations made by Indira Gandhi, one of the towering personalities of international politics, a most dynamic Prime Minister of India and one of the pioneers of Indo-Russian strategic partnership.
Describing Indira Gandhi as the great daughter of India and an embodiment of India in the Soviet Union, Dr. Chelyshev noted that as head of the Non-alignment Movement, she exercised great influence on world affairs. “It is worth remembering the role played by Indira Gandhi in the development of Russian-Indian ties. She was an active supporter of friendship and mutual cooperation between our countries”, he said. He added that the political and economic relations reached its peak in the late 1970s when the Soviet Union became India’s largest trading partner and defence supplier.
It was with a sense of thrill and excitement that Mrs Nirmal Bhatnagar described the proud moments with Indira Gandhi during the former’s activities associated with All-India Women’s Conference.
Mrs Sudesh Bhalla presented a historical overview of the life of Indira Gandhi, saying that the Prime Minister “by her example, her personality and her work has inspired the Indian people, giving them self-confidence and strength to become leaders in all spheres of life – political, economic and others”.
The programme was followed by the screening of a short film on Indira Gandhi’s first visit to the USSR in 1976 at the Prime Minister of India and a lively discussion.