The Seminar on Independence Day of India and Development of Russia-India Relations was held in the RCSC in Kolkata

The seminar dedicated to the celebration of the 70th Independence Day of India and the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India, organized by the Indo-Russian Friendship Society, was held at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Kolkata on August 16, 2017. The organizational support was rendered by the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata and RCSC

The Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus Sitaram Sharma, the Director of the RCSC Yury Dubovoy, the Chairman of Indo-Russian Friendship Society of West Bengal Prabodh Chandra Sinha, the General Secretary of Indo-Russian Friendship Society of West Bengal Ajay Kumar De, members and activists of the Indo-Russian Friendship Society, representatives of clubs and associations under the RCSC took part in the event.

The participants of the seminar stressed the geopolitical importance of India's gaining independence in 1947, which launched the anti-colonial movement in the world. They also highlighted deep historical roots of Russia-India friendship and role of the Soviet Union in shaping of the liberation movement in India as well as high level of cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi at the present stage.

The Consul General of Russia Alexey Idamkin noted the existence of positive dynamics and intensity of cooperation between Russia and India in political, economic, military-technical and humanitarian fields. He added that this kind of cooperation, which has the status of special and privileged strategic partnership, would be impossible without a high level of trust between the two states and their leaders.

S.Sharma assessed the dynamics of the interaction between the two countries, stressing unconditional support of India by the USSR in the period of formation of its independent statehood as well as in building its economy. The unique character of Russia-India relations, which have no parallel in the world history, was also noted during the event.

The seminar concluded with an informal talk over the high tea.

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