Sky is the limit for Indo-Russian hi-tech cooperation: Kalam

The sky is the limit in Indo-Russian cooperation in the field of hi-technology and both the nations could benefit from their core competence, former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam said on Thursday.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 23:52 PM IST

Moscow: The sky is the limit in
Indo-Russian cooperation in the field of hi-technology and
both the nations could benefit from their core competence,
former Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam said on Thursday.

"Sky is the limit and we need to move from highly
successful BrahMos JV to similar ventures in commercial sector
involving the use of hi-tech," Kalam said addressing the
students and faculty of the prestigious MGIMO University of
International Relations here.

"BrahMos is a significant technological breakthrough,
when scientists from both countries benefited from the core
competence of their partners and developed most cost effective
way to achieve the goal," Kalam, who is known as the `Missile
Man of India`, said.

Kalam noted that India and Russia already have
`purposeful cooperation` in hi-tech sectors like space and
nuclear energy.

Kalam is here on a three-day visit to attend the
Global Policy Forum to be chaired by Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev in the ancient city of Yaroslavl tomorrow.

Addressing Russia`s future diplomats trained at MGIMO
University on `empowered international diplomacy` Kalam noted
that the 20th century closed the chapter started by the
Romans, Crusaders and Arabs when war was an essential
instrument of human development by grabbing land.

"The multilateral thinking has emerged after the Cold
War. China and India - the new economies, are making their
presence felt. The new generation of diplomats would have to
think global and act local by learning to thrive on
each-other`s complementaries and competency," Kalam said.

Responding to a question, Kalam said the nuclear
non-proliferation treaty has become useless as cyber war would
be more devastating for all the countries with networked
financial and economic resources.

"Cyber war, with the speed of light can destroy whole
economies and one cannot defend with the help of ICBMs and
nuclear weapons. My diplomatic mission is how to make nuclear
weapons useless!" Kalam said.

When asked about how India and Pakistan could patch up
their relations, Kalam recalled his address to the European
Parliament in Strasbourg, where the countries, which fought
wars over the centuries and unleashed two world wars, were
sitting in the common parliament and working for peace and
prosperity of their common region.

"Education up 17 years of age for everyone will
broaden the mindset and allow us to celebrate our
differences," Kalam said.

He added that regional organisations like SAARC are
the steps in the right direction and one day could usher in
the dream of their common parliament like in Europe.

PTI