New Delhi, February 28, 2017.

Islam is an integral part of Russia and President Vladimir Putin is handling with Wahhabi form of Islam very tactfully. The federation and multi-religious co-existence as an absolutely new form of cultural cooperation between different peoples and religions, that constitutes Russia’s inner strength as a great and important world power. That was the crux of discussion at the launching of Professor Arun Mohanty’s new book ‘Russian Civilisation and Islam’ here at Russian Embassy.

Responding the questions, Professor Mohanty said that the threat in Russia came with Saudi Arabian money to form Wahhabi Madarssas across country but the way President Vladimir Putin dealt with was enormous. The book elaborates the evolution of Russian state, that find the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional foundation almost from the very beginning of its statehood. Islam is important for Russia not because of its sizable Muslim population alone. It is essential for Russia from the stand point of national security, internal security and geopolitics as well. Islam plays significant role in shaping Russia’s domestic as well as foreign policy.

Prof Mohanty’s book mentioning divergent views about how exactly Islam came to Russia. The current Russian territory, where Islam appeared first, was not part of Russia but was subsequently incorporated into the advancing Russian empire. Islam reached the Caucasus region in the middle of the VII century as a result of the Arab conquest by the Iranian Sassanid Empire, centuries before Russian expansion to the region.

On the occasion, Anatoly Kargapolov, Charge Daffaires of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi, said.”Our government policy shows that we can tackle the issue of radicalisation and (we are) also ready to share with other countries, and our partners, like India, the experiences of tackling this problem, especially for stopping radicalisation of the youth,”

Senior Cousellor at the Embassy, Sergey V Karmalito said that Mohanty is working on a new book, which would detail the “journey of Russian travellers, including envoys, scholars, artistes and others, during Czarist-era of the country”.

Former Ambassador of India to the UN, Asoke Mukerji said “One is (Mahatma) Gandhi and his correspondences with (Leo) Tolstoy, which are fairly known. Then, (Jawaharlal) Nehru, and I am talking about his links with Russia even before 1947; then (Rabindranath) Tagore and his works; and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second Ambassador of India to Russia,” he was mentioning the four personalities from India have been testimony to “enduring ties” between the two countries.

Photo Caption: Prof Arun Mohanty with Anatoly Kargapolov, Charge Daffaires of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi.



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