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Indo-Russia relations: Beyond the boundary and beyond the passage of time!
Pranab-Putin parishioners not only talks about politics and polity rather it tells polyphony poesy of 'Indo-Russ' past pleasure, above all the posh party of Pranab-Putin is a poser for the Pakistan. Pranab-Putin's pious progress is a portrait of philanthropy and their pertinent process is the proper picture of pre-eminent phase.

The Indo-Russian relation is beyond the boundary similarly Pranab-Putin principles will propel this relationship beyond the passage of progenitor. The probity of probate by Pranab-Putin is a promissory of Indo-Russia relationship. No doubt this Pranab-Putin projection will create a phantasm and perturb among the scientist of Political Science of USA and EU.

The recent five-day visit of President Pranab Mukherje to Russian Federation marked forward movement on defense, nuclear energy and space cooperation between the two old friendly countries and also reflected importance India attaches on its strategic partnership with Russia. The visit has also helped remove apprehensions that Indo-Russ (India-Russia) bilateral relations are weakening as New Delhi moves closer to western world.

First time an Indian army unit is joining the commemorative ceremonies of WW-II and will march with the troops of Russia down the Red Square. President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Moscow is very much important for more than one reason. The president's presence at the Victory Day celebrations in Russia on May 9 for the first time is in part about extending New Delhi's solidarity with Moscow at a time when many Western leaders have decided not to show up in protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin's policy in Ukraine. It is also about reclaiming India's expansive but forgotten role in WW-II.

"My visit also reflects the importance that India places on its strategic partnership with Russia. India-Russia relations have stood the test of time. I held a substantive bilateral meeting with the Russian President on 9th May. We reviewed progress on bilateral issues as well as steps to further enhance and deepen our relations. We also discussed the rapidly evolving global political, security and economic scenario. President Putin reiterated his strong commitment to further enhance ties with India, which are marked by an exceptional level of mutual trust. We are happy at the progress achieved in terms of implementation of the measures agreed upon at the last Annual Summit in Delhi in December 2014. There is forward movement on defense, nuclear energy and space cooperation. We have made tangible progress in our economic and commercial cooperation in sectors ranging from hydrocarbons, fertilizers, diamonds and agricultural products. We are also working towards early finalization of the Joint Study Group on the CECA between India and the Eurasian Economic Union. Both countries are also committed to operationalisation of the International North South Transport Corridor, which would connect India with Russia through Iran and the Caspian Sea," President Mukherjee said at the end of his first visit to Russia as India's Head of State.

Russian President Putin had invited Pranab Mukherjee and several other world leaders to the 70th anniversary of Victory Day that Russia celebrates to mark the triumph of its people in World War II against Nazi forces led by Adolf Hitler. This day is also known in Russia as Great Patriotic War. During his three-day visit to Russia President Mukherjee was accompanied by a high-level delegation from leading academic institutions in India including Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways and senior officials including Secretary to the President, Foreign Secretary, Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resources Development and Secretary, Department of Science and Technology.

A delegation from leading academic institutions in India, including Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, Directors of IITs in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, Indian Statistical Institute, the Institution of Engineers and the National Institute of Biological Sciences also accompanied him on this visit.

The role played by Russia in defeating the forces of Nazism and Fascism, in particular the heroic contribution of the Russian people, is widely recognized. Though we were yet to win our independence, India played a significant role in World War II. Thousands of Indian soldiers had paid the ultimate sacrifice while numerous others were wounded or maimed.

For India, this was thus an occasion both to commemorate the bravery and indomitable spirit of the Russian people and equally to remember the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the most defining struggle of the 20th Century. For the first time ever, an Indian Army contingent from the Grenadiers took part in the impressive military parade held on the 9th of May in the Red Square in Moscow.

The visit also assumes significance as it could be seen as an attempt on the part of India to further strengthen its strategic relations with its time-tested friend Russia particularly after India's nuclear armed western neighbor has been moving more closer to China, a move that has the potential of altering balance of power in the Asian region as a whole and South Asia in particularly.

After Narendra Modi-led right wing National Democratic Alliance government came to power in India and the new Prime Minister trying to push India closer to the US and the western world with his pro-reform economic policies, it was apprehended in the international as well as domestic media and political circle that India's strong bilateral relations with Russia could be weakened. President's recent visit to Russia will also go a long way in allaying such fears. Russia is the major supplier to India's thriving defense industry.

As regional and strategic scenarios are changing fast in the Asian continent, particularly after India staked claim for a permanent seat in the elite UN Security Council, it is India's interest not only to maintain but also to take its mutual relations with Russia to higher level. Besides, Russia could serve better in meeting India's quest for energy security as Moscow has hydrocarbon reserves, which one of the largest in the world.

India's move to strengthen its ties with Russia would bring opportunities to make inroads in the Central Asian region, which is full of gas and oil reserves. The majority of the member states of erstwhile Soviet Union in the mineral-rich Central Asia are closer to Russian Federation.

After Modi assumed the office of the Prime Minister in India and hinted that he would like to engineer a shift in India foreign policy making it closer to the US and the western world that prompted Russia lifted its embargo on supply of arms to Pakistan in 2014. The two cold war adversaries also agreed to conduct a joint military exercise, which is yet to take place. Though this move did not go down well with India, it had not lodged any formal protest with Russia.

"Our relationship stands apart. Russia is and will be a dependable partner in defense matter and energy security despite the relationships with other countries developed by Russia or developed by India," President Pranab Mukherjee said.

India's foreign policy establishment has not yet made any diplomatic move with their Russian partners to either persuade Russia not to go ahead with the decision to supply arms to Pakistan or prevail upon it that if it is committed to honor its commitment with Pakistan, do not supply those defense equipments to Pakistan, which it had already supplied to India as such a move could enhance Pakistan's military might.

India's current ruling class seems not worried with this development, which could help change the strategic scenario in the region as arms supplied to Pakistani army often land in the hands of terror outfits, which are operating freely in the strife-torn country.

The President Mukherjee seems did not raise this issue with the Russian President during their meeting because the visit was for a formal to attend a grand ceremony. When reporters accompanying him asked question on this issue on board while returning from his visit to Moscow he skipped the question.

However, India should not stop here, but carry on from the good work and the goodwill gesture of Pranab's visit. Any air of misgivings should be cleared. Russia the long trusted and time tested friend of India, the true partner of India, and the friend in distress should be reassured in no unequivocal terms that the solidarity would not lose colour in spite of other hues assorted with the tricolor.

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