Former President of the Indian National Congress (INC), Sonia Gandhi has said that Russia and India enjoy excellent relations due to the legacy of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. She even praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and successive Indian prime ministers for carrying this legacy further.
Sonia Gandhi said that her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi is a charismatic, compelling and courageous person and she left an unfading print on the world politics.
“India and Russia enjoy such excellent relations is in no small measure due to her legacy, a legacy that has been consolidated by President Putin and successive Indian prime ministers.”
In 1927, Indira Gandhi’s grandfather Motilal Nehru, father Jawaharlal Nehru and mother Kamala first visited Moscow and started this incredible relationship between the two countries.
“It was this journey that inspired Nehru to write his very first book, ‘Soviet Russia: Some Random Sketches and Impressions’. Indira Gandhi herself made her first trip to Russia in 1953. Her letters to her father tell him how excited and deeply moved she was by Moscow and her people.”
“The Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai that is now globally renowned was started with Russian assistance. Indira Gandhi took the Indo-Soviet link to a new level altogether, giving it solid strategic content as well.”