On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Russian writer-cum-philosopher Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi have an “indelible effect” on each others’ lifestyle and claimed that Russia and India must take inspiration from them to boost bilateral ties. 

While speaking at the plenary session of the fifth Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Vladivostok, PM Modi claimed that both the nations must be bigger stakeholders in each other’s development process.  

He was quoted saying, “This year, the entire world is celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Tolstoy and Gandhi had an indelible effect on each other. Let India and Russia make their relations better by taking inspiration from them. Let both nations become bigger stakeholders in each other’s development.”

“Let’s work together for our shared region and towards a stable and secure future of the world. This would be a new beginning of our partnership,” added PM Modi.

Gandhi Ji was profoundly inspired as well as influenced by Tolstoy, though they never personally met in their life but written o each other. 

Mahatma Gandhi in his autobiography has talked about how Tolstoy’s book, “The Kingdom of God is Within You,” which he went through during a train journey from Johannesburg to Durban in South Africa, changed his life totally. 

Gandhi Ji was deeply impressed with the book that he wrote to Leo Tolstoy and maintained correspondence with him. 

The book written by Gandhi ji also made a deeper impression on Tolstoy, which has opened his vision to the infinite possibilities of universal love. Their correlation proved to be epoch-making in Indo-Russian relations.

On Wednesday, Russia had declared that it will introduce a “special stamp” to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Russia. He went there to participate in the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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