Ambassador Advises: ‘Go East, Young Man’
’s Ambassador to
sees his country as a “natural partner” for
, advises Israeli companies to look east to the huge market that
offers, and “is delighted” at the visits by Israeli youth to his country,
which he called an investment in the future.
In regard to these visits, Ambassador Raminder Singh Jassal joked,
“Both countries are full of Israelis.”
ambassador, himself a historian, was a guest lecturer of the Dept. of East Asian
Studies in late March, and his talk on Israel-India relations was given in the
context of a course on Modern Indian History, the first such course in
. It also marked ten years since
diplomatic relations were established between the two countries, which together,
as the ambassador deadpanned, comprise one fifth of humanity.
that there were nearly 70,000 Israelis of Indian origin, Ambassador Jassal
listed a number of points that
also shared. Among these are outer
space (a cooperative agreement was signed last year), strategic and defense
autonomy, a mixed economic platform, the process of globalization and
privatization, the challenge of multiculturalism, and countering terrorism (a
joint working group has been set up on the issue).
acknowledged that diamonds constituted by far the largest trade commodity
, accounting for nearly a third of the value of all trade between the two.
He also mentioned that an electric car developed in
was being sent to
for experimental use.
attributed what he termed “the success of democracy” in his country of one
billion residents to the basic ethos of Hinduism.
He observed that he himself was a Sikh, married to a Hindu Brahmin, and
that his wife was now studying Kabbala.
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