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India, Russia enjoy excellent ties due to legacy of Indira Gandhi: Sonia

Press Trust of India  |  Moscow 

has said that and enjoy excellent relations due to the legacy of former Indira and praised Russian 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 Indira

Gandhi said the exhibition on her mother-in-law tells the story of a courageous, who left an indelible imprint not only on her own country, not only on the India-USSR relationship but on the world stage as well.

"and enjoy such excellent relations is in no small measure due to her legacy, a legacy that has been consolidated by Putin and successive Indian prime ministers," she said.

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

"It was this journey that inspired Nehru to write his very first book, 'Soviet Russia: Some Random Sketches and Impressions'," she said.

"herself made her first trip to Russia in 1953. Her letters to her father tell him how excited and deeply moved she was by and her people," Gandhi added.

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 in Mumbai that is now globally renowned was started with Russian assistance. took the Indo-Soviet link to a new level altogether, giving it solid strategic content as well," she said.

Commending Russia's support to India during the Bangladesh's War of Independence, Gandhi said "stood like a rock" with India during New Delhi's moment of "grave crisis".

"There was a genuine warmth and a rare chemistry between Indira Gandhi and the Russian leaders," she said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:50 IST