India doesn’t have such a large number of diverse projects with any other country than with Russia, Dr. Joshi.
He is a member of the Indian parliament and a leading member of the BJP. He initiated and many Indo-Russian projects and supervised them in the late 1990s and the early 2000s when he headed various ministries. Russia awarded the Order of People’s Friendship to Dr. Joshi. The medal was awarded recently when Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin visited Delhi. The Voice of Russia congratulates Dr. Joshi on awarding the medal. In an interview with our correspondent Nataliya Benykh Dr. Joshi answered several questions.
Correspondent: What were the thoughts and feelings you had when the Order of People’s Friendship was awarded to you?
Dr.JOSHI: That was a feeling of great joy, satisfaction that friendship of the two countries have been flowering up very well and that I’ve been recognized by the people of Russia and specially, President Putin who through a decree gave me this Order. I was overwhelmed and felt that the relationship of Indian and Russian scientists, politicians, people to people should grow from strength to strength.
Cor.: You initiated and supervised a large number of Indo-Russian programmes and projects in scientific and technical cooperation, joint research and publishing activity, seminars and conferences. You have visited Russia more than once. Could you please, mention the most significant bilateral projects of that time?
Dr.JOSHI: The first was the Super Computer Centre which was initiated by us in Russia in Moscow. I also remember very well the centers working in India: India-Russia Biotechnology Center in Allahabad, Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy &New Materials in Hyderabad, then, there were certain projects given to the Institute of Oceanography in Goa. Those are very important projects and centers where Indian and Russian sides work together and give very good results. Then we had the Indo-Russian Integrated Long Term Programme on scientific cooperation (ILTP) which is wonderfully going on and giving good results. There are important working groups under the Indo-Russian Intergovernmental Commission. The group for science and technology was set up. There are various projects for space. Our coordination and cooperation in atomic energy is very strong. Now Kudankulam is the result of this very strong India-Russia relations.
I think India doesn’t have such a large number of diverse projects with any other country than with Russia.
Cor.: And what is your opinion about specifics of Indo-Russian ties?
Dr.JOSHI: Our historical ties are now strategic. We are collaborating in various works of geopolitics. We have a common point of view in many cases.
Cor.: How do you estimate the capabilities of these ties now? What are the imperatives of the current stage of Indo-Russian ties after the BJP came to power?
Dr.JOSHI: How we look at Russia and India is demonstrated at our manifesto: Working together. There are various fora like BRICS where India and Russia collaborate. And we always feel that in times of necessity Russia would stand by India.
24. 06. 14
The Voice of Russia