External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the premises of the Indian embassy in Moscow. The statue was unveiled on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. S Jaishankar arrived in Russia on Tuesday on a two-day visit to finalise the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to the country. This is Jaishankar's first visit to Moscow since assuming office in May. His visit comes days ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok from September 4 to 6 where Prime Minister Modi will be the chief guest.
EAM @DrSJaishankar unnveiled Gandhi statue at the Embassy premises on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. @Mahatma150 @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @indiandiplomats @PTI_News @WIONews pic.twitter.com/3WaOFUKLnN— India in Russia (@IndEmbMoscow) August 27, 2019
Mahatma Gandhi was profoundly inspired and influenced by Russian writer-philosopher Leo Tolstoy. The two leaders never met personally in their life-time, but both shared an unique bond and exchanged ideas through letters. In his autobiography, Gandhi has written how Tolstoy's book, 'The Kingdom of God is Within You', which he read on October 1, 1904, during a train journey from Johannesburg to Durban in South Africa, changed his life. He was so deeply impressed with the book that he wrote a letter to Tolstoy on October 1, 1909, and maintained correspondence with him thereafter. The book, Gandhi wrote, made a deeper impression on him, and opened his vision to the infinite possibilities of universal love. The correspondence between Tolstoy and Gandhi became epoch-making in the golden chapter of the Indo-Russian relations.
On his visit to Moscow, S Jaishankar held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov. A series of issues were discussed. Apart from that, economic cooperation between the two countries was also discussed.
A truly special and privileged strategic partnership. Discussed a wide range of issues in a very warm atmosphere with FM Lavrov. A meeting of minds on important questions of the day. Appreciated full understanding of India's core interests. pic.twitter.com/NFRzqaWGMH— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 28, 2019
A detailed review of economic cooperation with Deputy PM Yury Borisov. Preparing for the Vladivostok Summit. pic.twitter.com/uLVPuSLTHL— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 28, 2019