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First all-India conference of young compatriots

The first edition of All-India Conference of Young Compatriots was held at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in New Delhi on February 24, 2018, with the support of the Embassy of Russia in India and the Intergovernmental Commission for compatriots abroad. It saw the participation of delegates under 30 years from New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi.

The conference is aimed at consolidating our youth from various Indian regions, discussing and jointly solving the issues of their concern.

H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of Russia to India, in his welcome address emphasized the importance of assisting compatriots in circulating trustworthy information about Russia among Indian friends, promoting its unbiased and vivid image. The efforts at preserving Russian cultural heritage, as well as

the memory of the Soviet key contribution to the establishment of industry, science and education in the new Indian state in the mid XX century, were considered equally relevant.

The Ambassador also focused on the importance of participation of Russian citizens residing in India in the presidential elections on March 18, 2018, and informed that on the voting day voting station will be open on the territory of Russian foreign missions across India.

Mr Fyodor Rozovsky, Head of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in New Delhi, said that the relations with compatriots have been lasting for years, and he is pleased to see among the Conference participants those who he remembers as small kids. “Rossotrudnichestvo is implementing a number of dedicated programs, with the “Hello, Russia” being the major one. We have been running it for several years: it comprises competitions, essays, compositions aimed at selecting the kids aged 16-19 years who would get an opportunity to travel to Russia, get acquainted with their motherland, meet compatriots arriving from all over the world”, he added.

“The most important thing that we are doing is helping to impart the Russian language, traditions, the understanding of Russia to the young generation of our kids born in India”, said Elena Barman, Chairperson of the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots.

Young diplomats of the Russian Embassy and journalists also participated in the Conference.

The delegates, mainly the spouses of Indian husbands and children from mixed families, shared their concerns and put forward a number of initiatives aimed at deepening ties within the community and better living standards of its members. In particular, they proposed to form a unified database and a map of places of residence of compatriots across India, to exchange experience in organizing joint celebrations and holidays, including New Year, Maslenitsa and the Victory Day.

The participants agreed to extend mutual support in solving various issues – ranging from sharing educational material for studying Russian to rendering assistance in employment. They also adopted a declaration laying out the key lines of joint actions in future.