NEW DELHI: Underscoring the importance of bilateral ties with Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India will be a reliable partner of Moscow in realising its vision in developing the country’s Far East region.
Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum, PM Modi said, “I am delighted to address Eastern Economic Forum and thank President Vladimir Putin for this honour.” While recalling his 2019 visit to Vladivostok, PM Modi praised Putin’s vision for the development of the Russian Far East. “In Indian history and civilization, ‘sangam’ has a special meaning. It means confluence or coming together of rivers, people and ideas. In my view, Vladivostok is truly a ‘sangam’ of Eurasia and Pacific,” he said.
During a 2019 visit to the Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok, PM Modi had announced that New Delhi would provide a USD 1 billion loan to aid the region’s economic development. He had also signed a memorandum to establish a direct maritime corridor between Chennai and Vladivostok.
“I applaud President Putin’s vision for the development of the Russian Far East. India will be a reliable partner for Russia in realising this vision. In 2019, when I had visited Vladivostok to attend the forum, I had announced India’s commitment to enact Far East Policy,” said PM Modi.
During his brief speech, Prime Minister announced that India’s biggest shipyards will partner with Zvezda for the construction of some of the most important commercial ships in the world.
“Today I’m delighted that one of India’s biggest shipyards, Mazagon docks limited will partner with Zvezda for the construction of some of the most important commercial ships in the world,” he said.
PM Modi emphasised the importance of the bilateral relationship and said the India-Russia energy partnership can help bring stability to the global energy market. “India-Russia energy partnership can help bring stability to the global energy market. My Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Puri is in Vladivostok to represent India at this forum,” he said.
“India has a talented and dedicated workforce, while the Far East is rich in resources. So, there is tremendous scope for Indian talent to contribute to the development of the Russian Far East,” he added.
PM Modi even extended an invite for the Governors of 11 regions of the Russian Far East to visit India. Earlier this year, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other senior officials in Moscow. During his visit, he had said that one of the primary aims of his trip was to discuss bolstering economic cooperation in the Russian Far East.
Modi releases commemorative coin
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released a special commemorative coin of Rs 125 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada through a video conference.
Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy was also present on the occasion.
Swami Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commonly known as the “Hare Krishna movement”.
ISKCON has translated Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta and other Vedic literature into 89 languages, playing a stellar role in the dissemination of Vedic literature across the world.
He also established over a hundred temples and wrote several books, teaching the path of Bhakti Yoga to the world, informed the release.
Govt will always stand up to help diaspora
Even though it is faced with numerous challenges, India is evacuating its people from the war-ravaged Afghanistan and will continue to do, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday while unveiling the renovated Jallianwala Bagh memorial through video conferencing.
“Today, anywhere in the world, if any Indian is in trouble, then India stands up to help with all its might. Be it the challenges of the Corona period or the crisis of Afghanistan, the world has experienced it continuously. Hundreds of comrades from Afghanistan are being brought to India under Operation Devi Shakti. There are many challenges and the situation is difficult,” PM Modi said.
Dedicating the renovated complex of Jallianwala Bagh Smarak to the nation through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said that no country should forget its history and whatever happened during and after the Partition can be seen in every corner of the country, especially in Punjab.
Jallianwala Bagh is the place that gave courage to an innumerable number of revolutionaries like Sardar Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of the nation, he said.
“My salute to the brave land of Punjab, to the holy soil of Jallianwala Bagh! Today, we are remembering those innocent boys and girls, those sisters, those brothers, whose dreams are still visible in the bullet marks on the walls of Jallianwala Bagh.
“Salute also to those children of Mother Bharati, in whom all limits of inhumanity were crossed to extinguish the flame of freedom burning. Those innocent boys and girls, those sisters, those brothers, whose dreams are still visible in the bullet marks in the walls of Jallianwala Bagh, and in the “Shaheedi Kuan” (well of sacrifice), where the love of countless mothers and sisters was snatched away,” said PM Modi.
Re counting the history of the infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre, PM Modi said, ” Those 10 minutes of April 13, 1919, became the story of our freedom struggle, due to which we are able to celebrate the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom today. In such a situation, getting the renovated form of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in the 75th year of independence is an opportunity of great inspiration for all of us.”
He compared the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh with the Partition riots, and said, “We have also seen another horror like Jallianwala Bagh at the time of partition of India. The hard-working and lively people of Punjab have been the biggest victims of partition. We still feel the pain of what happened at the time of partition in every corner of India and especially in the families of Punjab.”
The prime minister said that it was not right for any country to ignore such horrors of its past, and therefore, India has decided to observe August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ every year.
PM Modi also acknowledged the contribution of the tribal community in the freedom struggle and said, “Our tribal society has a great contribution in the great sacrifice of freedom,” he said. (ANI)