AN AR­GEN­TINE PER­SPEC­TIVE OF IN­DIA

The bridges of brother­hood be­tween the people of both the coun­tries have been laid. It is up to us to em­power the el­e­ments that unite us and over­come the dis­tance and the dif­fer­ences, says M.A. Ju­lian Ri­cardi

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the two coun­tries (held in June 2013), Ar­gentina pro­posed to ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences in e-gov­er­nance, pub­lic sec­tor train­ing, so­cial in­sur­ance pro­grammes in the ru­ral sec­tor and ini­tia­tives re­lated to grain stor­age (silo-bags) and biotech­nol­ogy, among oth­ers.

The po­ten­tial for in­te­gra­tion be­tween the two economies is very high, but de­pends on our gov­ern­ments and busi­ness­men who could find a way to make this vi­sion a re­al­ity.

I have talked about pol­i­tics and econ­omy but what about the feel­ing of our folks which is the essence to make any in­te­gra­tion or com­ple­men­ta­tion pos­si­ble. There is no other coun­try so ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­tant but, at the same time, so close to Ar­gen­tine feel­ings and hu­man val­ues. The re­spect for life, democ­racy and free­dom of speech are a cen­tral part of us. We eas­ily find the joy of life in sim­ple things and we share the love and re­spect for our fam­i­lies and friends.

Many Ar­gen­tini­ans travel to In­dia seek­ing a greater self-knowl­edge and con­nect with tra­di­tional medicine and med­i­ta­tion tech­niques. The lan­guage is a bar­rier but not strong enough to avoid Ar­gen­tini­ans to love In­dian clothes, cui­sine, art and cul­ture.

The bridges of brother­hood be­tween the people of both the coun­tries have been laid. There is no doubt that we are go­ing to face ups and downs in our bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, but this is nor­mal. It is a big task but the re­ward is even big­ger. It is up to us to em­power the el­e­ments that unite us and over­come the dis­tance and the dif­fer­ences.

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