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India & Russia should take inspiration from Gandhi-Tolstoy friendship: Modi

India & Russia should take inspiration from Gandhi-Tolstoy friendship: Modi

Vladivostok: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Russian writer-philosopher Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi had a "indelible effect" on each other and urged the two nations to take inspiration from them to further strengthen the bilateral ties.

Speaking at the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, Modi said India and Russia should be a bigger stakeholder in each other's development.

"This year entire world is observing Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Tolstoy and Gandhi had a indelible effect on each other. Let India and Russia make their ties more significant by taking inspiration from it. Let both the nations become a bigger stakeholder in each other's development," Modi said.

He said India and Russia should jointly work towards its shared region and also for a stable and secure future of the world.

"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," he said.

Gandhi was profoundly inspired and influenced by Russian writer-philosopher Tolstoy. Though they never met personally in their life-time, both shared an unique bond and exchanged ideas through letters.

In his autobiography, Gandhi has written how Tolstoy's book, 'The Kingdom of God is Within You', which he read on October 1, 1904, during a train journey from Johannesburg to Durban in South Africa, changed his life.

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