Commemorating 20 years of Signing the Red Fort Declaration and bidding farewell
10 April 2017
20 Years ago late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Mr HD Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India signed The Red Fort Declaration, a Strategic Partnership Agreement between India and South Africa. The High Commission of India in South Africa hosted a Music and Dance Cultural Extravaganza to commemorate this special friendship.
It is a unique and everlasting bond; a common cause that ties us together and makes us inseparable, said outgoing Indian High Commissioner (HC) Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam to South Africa. The HC said that she will forever have fond personal and professional memories of her time in South Africa as she bids farewell to take up a new position in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, India.
South Africa and India have a deepening and maturing relationship with scope for expansion, said the guest of honour, South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. She paid tribute to the brave men and women of India who overcame colonial subjugation and stood up against the racist apartheid regime.
The incorporation of Indian and South African musicians and dancers expressed a multifaceted, vibrant and common connection that has enriched this fabric of kinship. It was a demonstration of a relationship that has blossomed from friends in adversity into franchise in opportunity.
By K Bhana