India and Russia enjoy excellent relations due to legacy of former PM Indira Gandhi: Sonia

Vastavam web: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has said that India and Russia enjoy excellent relations due to the legacy of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and successive Indian prime ministers for consolidating that legacy.She was speaking yesterday at the inauguration of a photo exhibition organised here to celebrate the Centenary Anniversary of India’s first woman prime minister Indira Gandhi.”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,” she said.

Gandhi said her family’s ties with Russia dates back to 1927 when Indira Gandhi’s grandfather Motilal Nehru, father Jawaharlal Nehru and mother Kamala first visited Moscow, according to a press release issued by the Congress party.”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,” Gandhi added.

India and Russia shared a special partnership that has resulted in laying the foundations of India’s industrialisation which are still very visible, she said.”These include steel plants, oil refineries, engineering complexes, power stations and fertilizer factories. 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,” she said.