London: India and the UK share "more equal
and balanced" ties now and the credit for this goes to their
political leadership, according to Indian Acting High
Commissioner to Britain Rajesh Prasad.
"Today the two countries have solid special relations in
the spheres of education, science and technology and culture.
The credit goes to the political leadership of the two
countries. The relationship has gone full circle. We have
moved to a more equal and balanced relationship," he said.
Addressing a function organised to celebrate India`s
Independence Day at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here last
night, Prasad said India and UK have historic linkages.
He also said that India offers a unique example of a
country undergoing socio-economic transformation through
democracy and pluralistic society.
"India means many things for many people. While it has
made vast strides in the fields of IT, bio-technology, nuclear
science and space, it is in the process of uplifting the lives
of millions of people who are still below the poverty line."
The Independence Day is an occasion "when we pay tributes
and honour those who had sacrificed for the nation and
acknowledge the achievement the country has made since
independence. India is very different from what it was 64
years ago. We do admit with humility that we are yet to wipe
out tears of millions who are still below the poverty line,"
The acting High commissioner had a special word of praise
for NRIs here. "Indians in the UK have distinguished
themselves. Indians here have played a very useful role in
helping build the bilateral relations," Prasad said and hoped
that they would continue to endeavour to further strengthen
the strategic relations.
He said the Bhavan here has played a crucial role in
preserving and promoting Indian culture.
At the outset, Prasad congratulated Joginder Sangar, the
new Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK, and extended
his warmest felicitations.
He also spoke highly of the outgoing Chairman Maneck Dalal
"who has graciously agreed to continue to associate himself
with the activities of the Bhavan."
The new Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulhem, Councillor
Frances Stainton, said "tonight our thoughts go to Mahatma
Gandhi, who went to the nearest Church here during his stay in
Joginder Sangar recalled the achievements of Maneck Dalal
during his tenure as the Chairman of the Bhavan and said "even
in his absence, we feel his presence in the Bhavan, where a
gallery has been named after him for his achievements."
Students of the Bhavan regaled the packed audience with
two patriotic songs, one in Hindi and the other in Tamil, and
through Kathak and Bharata Natyam dances.