Manav Kataria's Blog

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.

Discussions

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

  • Weapons,
  • Controls,
  • 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.

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