Seminar highlights Vietnam-India ties, relevance of Ho Chi Minh hinh anh 1An overview of the seminar (Photo: VNA)

New Delhi (VNA) – A seminar was held in Kolkata, India, on November 24, highlighting the growing relations between Vietnam and India, and new challenges as well as the relevance of President Ho Chi Minh.

The event drew the attendance of Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam–India Friendship Association Ha Minh Hue, and President of the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee of West Bengal Geetesh Sharma, along with scholars and researchers from both countries.

Participants agreed that Vietnam and India have enjoyed sound relations and high political trust that has been reinforced through the regular exchange of delegations of the Party, State, Government and parliament.

The ties has been built on a firm foundation of history, culture and mutual understanding, as well as support offered during struggles for independence, freedom, unification, territorial integrity and national construction and defence in each country, they noted.

They also discussed the similarities in the leadership of India’s Mahatma Gandhi and President Ho Chi Minh during their struggles for national liberation.

Dr. Nguyen Tran Tien, a lecturer from the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said that Gandhi’s thoughts of justice, peace and non-violence have inspired many countries, including Vietnam, with a revolution led by President Ho Chi Minh.

Gandhi and Ho Chi Minh’s leadership and messages of freedom and humanity helped the two nations regain their freedom, he said, holding that the two leaders agreed on the same ideology of liberating their people from suppression and exploitation.

On the sidelines of the seminar, an exhibition was organised to introduce 40 photos featuring President Ho Chi Minh’s visits to India as well as his famous quotes.

A book entitled “Ho Chi Minh with India” was introduced within the framework of the seminar. The book, compiled by the Centre for India Studies of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics in Vietnamese and Hindi, includes writing, letters, messages and poems about India by President Ho Chi Minh, as well as his memories of India and writings by Vietnamese and Indian scholars about the late leader and Vietnam-India relations./.