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BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi

Created: 2019.08.13 / Updated: 2019.08.13 05:06
      BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi
      BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi
      BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi
      BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi
      BALTIC WAY 30th Anniversary commemorated by the Embassies of three Baltic States in New Delhi

      On August 6th the Embassies of three Baltic States in India – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – have jointly commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the BALTIC WAY in New Delhi.

      Keeping to the Indian esthetic tradition,  symbolic “Baltic Mandala”  was arranged from flowers in the colours of the countries’ flags depicting the maps of the three neighbouring Baltic States at the Rajpath lawns, symbolizing the unity and celebration of freedom today, as well as it was 30 years ago. The commemoration continued at the Lithuanian Embassy with screening of the film “The Inimitable Baltic Way” and the joint Baltic reception. Delhi’s diplomatic fraternity, members of the local Baltic communities, students and faculty of JNU, and closest friends of the Baltic Missions in India have gathered for the events. The anthem of the BALTIC WAY – “Baltics Awaken” in three languages was performed by the lead of Lithuanian singer Giedrė Naruševičiūtė.

      The Baltic Way is the largest and most important civic initiative expressing the aspiration of the Baltic States to regain their independence. Back on 23 August 1989, almost two million people joined hands in the 675,5 km long Baltic Way across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, showing their unity and solidarity in pursuit of freedom. The strong sense of fraternity, unity and common purpose became the key political driver leading to the restoration of the independence of the Baltic States. 20 years on, a collection of documents attesting to this peaceful civil initiative was listed in the UNESCO’s Register of the Memory of the World.

      Julius Pranevičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in India said: „It is symbolic that the 30th Anniversary of the BALTIC WAY – the peaceful political demonstration, is commemorated in the same year as the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who was one of the pioneers of the non-violent resistance. I believe that the visit of Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice-President of the Republic of India, to the Baltic States next week will further strengthen the cordial relations between the countries“.

      Baltic States regained their independence in 1990 after 50 years of Soviet occupation. In the next years diplomatic relations were established (or in a number of cases reestablished) with the major part of the world, including India. This year marks 27 years of cooperation with India. Lithuania and India ties are growing intensively, especially in cultural and academic areas. Lithuania and India share the same values, the countries are bound by the similarity of Lithuanian and Sanskrit languages. The growing number of Indian students in Lithuania is adding to enhancement of the bilateral relationship further. More and more Indian companies, especially from IT and automotive sectors, are discovering very welcoming Lithuanian business environment, as well as more Indian tourists choose beautiful and yet to be  explored region of Baltics for their boutique European Holidays.  Lithuania’s export to India mainly consists of agriculture, wood and engineering products.

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