On January 27, 2020, Embassy of India organized the reception of the 71st Republic Day of India.
This reception is designed to portray India to Ukrainian friends. Guests were treated with delicious Indian food, diverse and mesmerizing Indian music, dance and cultural programme. A display of exquisite Indian fabrics were showed for Republic Day Reception 2020.
India achieved independence from Colonial Occupation on August 15, 1947, and the Constitution of Modern and independent India came into effect on 26 January 1950, which is celebrated annually as Republic Day.
India and Ukraine have historical and deep-rooted cultural ties.
Indians and Ukrainians have shared a cultural affinity since several centuries. The similarities between Ukrainian and Sanskrit languages is a prime example to show the historical closeness of our two peoples. The warmth and closeness in our ties has only strengthened since Ukraine’s independence in 1991 – India was one of the earliest Countries that recognized the Republic of Ukraine as a sovereign independent country, and established diplomatic relations as early as January 1992. On the other hand, Ukraine opened its first Mission in Asia (and then third largest Ukrainian Embassy in the world) in New Delhi in February 1993.
India has an extensive bilateral relationship with Ukraine, spanning all spheres of cooperation. India and Ukraine have signed several MOUs/Agreements in different spheres such as Diplomatic relations, visa matters, consular matters, trade and commercial matters, space, science and technology, defense, etc. Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown significantly in the last 25 years, and in 2018, was almost USD 2.8 Billion. India is one of Ukraine’s largest trading partner, and has been the largest export destination for Ukraine in the Asia-Pacific.
Thousands of Ukrainians travel to India annually, not just to Goa, which has some of the finest beaches in the World, but also to the Himalayas or the Hills of South India or to Ashrams, to learn and practice meditation.
By Hafsa Erdogdu