NEW DELHI, FEB 5
“The relationship between India and Russia was a time-tested one, and it has huge potentials in the future, particularly in the field of science and technology, nuclear energy, defence and trade,” said former foreign secretary to India, Kanwal Sibal while delivering the inaugural Prof. Arun Mohanty Memorial Lecture here on Monday.
India and Russia have renewed scope in the field of energy cooperation as both are members of the SCO, he added.
Stating that India’s ‘Make in India’ programme has attracted the attention of Russia, Sibal, a career diplomat, said that Russia is interested to invest in India’s defence industrial corridor which will further boost India-Russia bilateral relations.
There is a greater convergence in the approaches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin towards building a stronger India-Russia strategic partnership in the 21st century.
Advocating for a stronger tie between the two countries, Sibal further said India and Russia can join hands together in dialogue and nation-building process of Afghanistan. He suggested a greater role for Russia in order to promote multilateralism and multiculturalism in the world.
Chairing the event, Prof. Ajay Patnaik, Dean, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, said that Prof. Mohanty’s scholarly and academic contributions are immense, in-depth and wide-ranging. The phenomenal achievements and contribution of Prof. Mohanty to the Russian and Central Asian studies will always be cherished by the scholars and the academic world, he added. He further that BRICS is a potential platform for India and Russia to cooperate in future.
Prof. Arun Mohanty was a distinguished teacher and a prolific writer on international relations with specialization in Russian economy, security, foreign policy and Indo-Russian relations. In recognition of his contribution to the Russian studies and India-Russia relations, he was conferred upon Russia’s prestigious “Pushkin State Award”; by the President of the Russian Federation in 2011.