“Russia and India: Public Diplomacy in Action”

On December 23, leaders of partner non-governmental organizations, clubs, foundations and university representatives gathered at the RCSC, Chennai for the conference “Russia and India: Public Diplomacy in Action” dedicated to the 95th anniversary of Public diplomacy in Russia, and to celebrate the importance of the long-term work of the VOCS-SSOD-Roszarubezhcentr-Rossotrudnichestvo which has resulted in expansion of contacts and strengthening of cooperation between India and Russia in the cultural and humanitarian spheres.

Mr. Mohameed Iqbal Kallel, Regional Officer, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, congratulated the RCSC on the 95th anniversary of Public Diplomacy.

The Consul of the Russian Federation Mr. Anton Chernov noted “Public diplomacy has always played an important role in promoting an atmosphere of trust, consensus and mutual understanding. In current circumstances, people’s diplomacy has become an important foreign policy resource and one of the most dynamic areas of world politics”.

Mr. Gennadii Rogalev, Director of the RCSC spoke about the history behind the development of public diplomacy institutions in the USSR and Russia. Mr. Tangappan, Secretary General of the Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries reminded the audience about large-scale and successful programs that were of great importance for Russian-Indian cultural and humanitarian cooperation and important events in the 48-year history of the Soviet and then Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai.

The conference participants then presented their proposals for joint projects with the RCSC for the following year.

During the conference, the participants got acquainted with the exposition of unique photographs, which captured the historical moments of the RCSC’s work since 1972, as well as influential politicians and government officials, popular actors and historical figures who visited the centre.

The opening of the conference was followed by the exhibition of fabulous landscapes of Russian nature “Winter Series” by the honoured Russian artist Natalia Petrova. The artist was noted with the personal commendation certificate from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for her contribution to the development of culture and arts as well as for her longstanding fruitful activities.

The exhibition will be open at the RCSC until January 20, 2021. Admission is free subject to adherence to sanitisation and epidemiological safety measures (temperature control at the entrance, use of a mask in the hall).