Russia and India, as strategic partners, have always upheld the message of mutual trust and cordiality, Governor R.S. Gavai said here on Saturday.
He was inaugurating the four-day ‘Days of Altai in Kerala,' organised by the Russian Cultural Centre here on Saturday. Russia and India have nurtured a profound relationship since the days of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. “Punditji always underlined the significance of Indo-Russian friendship,” the Governor said. India's foreign and economic policy had been influenced by the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This influence was all the more apparent in the formation of the Five-Year Plans, he said.
A close-knit give-and-take policy is more evident in the fields of art, culture and literature.
“While the ever-popular Raj Kapoor had won the hearts of millions of Russians, Raveedranath Tagore was a household name in the Soviet land. Similarly, the literary works of Maxim Gorky, Leo Tolstoy and Pushkin have attracted the young and old in India through translations,” Mr. Gavai said.
The four-day festival will be a platform for exchange of ideas between Kerala and Altai which a famous mountain resort in Russia.
It will open up areas of mutual interest such as health tourism and promotion of Ayurveda and yoga so that business opportunities can be explored.
During the visit of the Russian president to India last year, it was decided to celebrate 2011 as the year of Indian culture in Russia. Similarly, 2012 will be the year of Russian culture in India.
“Such celebrations, I am sure, will further strengthen the bond of between our people,” he added.
The vice-governor of the Altai region, Iakov Ishutin; the consul general of the Russian Federation in South India, Nikolai Listopadov; the head of the Altai Region Office for International Relations, Alexander Zhilin; the head of the Cultural Department of the Russian Embassy, Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, and the honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Thiruvananthapuram, Ratheesh C. Nair, were among those who were present on the occasion.