Russia and India are determined to significantly raise the level of bilateral cooperation in order to preserve the heritage of the Roerichs . This was stated in an exclusive interview with "Voice of Russia" by the Russian Ambassador in India A. M. Kadakin .
According to him, "it is essential that both sides recognize at the highest level the need to strengthen cooperation in this area. Such an understanding creates favorable conditions for the comprehensive preparation for two forthcoming memorable events in 2014 - 140th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Roerich and 110th anniversary of the birth of Svetoslav Roerich.”
“As the goal of the anniversary celebrations, we have set before us a series of iconic cultural and scientific events worthy of the special place that our outstanding compatriots occupy in the treasury of world civilization," said the Ambassador.
A.M. Kadakin said that the theme of preservation and development of the Roerich heritage figured prominently at the Russian-Indian summit held on October 21 in Moscow. During the extended talks held in the Kremlin between President Putin and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the need to fill the ongoing joint work with real content. In particular this applies to the museum complex in Naggar in the Western Himalayas. This centre, which rightfully belongs to the list of unique monuments of Russian intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage abroad, is one of the key projects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the sphere of culture, is visited by large numbers of Russian and Indian fans of Roerich annually. Russia firmly believes that the work being done in this area must have the status of inter-government cooperation. Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry considers that it must be carried out within the framework of the Working Group on Culture of the Intergovernmental Commission at the level of the relevant ministries with the mandatory coordinating role of the ambassadors of Russia and India in New Delhi and in Moscow.
On the whole, the Indian leadership shares this approach . In an interview with Russian journalists on the eve of the summit and during the negotiations in the Kremlin, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the legacy of Roerichs in India is a valuable joint heritage of both countries. "We will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure its proper preservation and development", - assured the head of the Indian government.
According to Alexander Kadakin, who is also the founder and current vice-president of the International Roerich Memorial Trust ( IRMT ) based in Naggar, the participation of the central Russian and Indian ministries, departments and agencies in the activities of the Trust should be strengthened to effectively deal with challenges. "We need to raise our common work to a proper level, so that it is not bogged down in bureaucratic offices of the local authorities, and is carried out in full compliance with the highest international standards.” According to the ambassador, “the Roerich Memorial at Naggar must become a world-class centre of culture, spirituality, science, and education.
The Voice of Russia
November 1, 2013