Met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
(December 22, 2010) The Dean of International Relations invited the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and a few students for an interactive session. Mr. President was a comfortable speaker and very frank diplomat.
I was surprized and delighted at the same time with the frequent use of words (translated) “I would not like to hide/conceal from you what we discussed with your government …” coming from a politician! There was sense of loyalty, trust and straightforwardness in every word. This was so unlike Indian politicians.
I’ve recently started respecting politicians. Unfortunately, I see a clear difference of strata between ours and the ones that I like! I’ll refer to them as “Diplomats” and ours, well – “Politicians”
Outlook & Impressions
Very humble, straight-forward and elegant. A charming personality. Short height. No unnecessary attitude or style. I doubt any lady in the room would not call him handsome!
One starking difference about Russians – Never hesitate in doing what is right!
Whether its performing (what some of us might call) lowly activities like testing the mic or throwing a coffee cup into the bin, kicking-butt of the enemy who attacked your country or just speaking your mind. They have no hesitation or fear of Public, which makes their case seem so genuine in action!
I only wish/hope our Indian counterparts were as inspired by him as I was.
IIT Bombay was developed by funds & training from USSR. So in a way, his visit had a symbolic significance and we intended to strengthen ties with them in various technological fields like
- Health-Care and
- Nano-Technology Collaboration with India.
We also talked about:
- UNSC support,
- Anti-Terrorist Military Collaboration,
- Russian Republic Communism vs Democracy,
- Peace, Economy and Technological Development with India.