The interview below was made by online magazine tert.hraparak.am in Armenian. At the request of our group members we are posting here the English version of the interview.
Indian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia Mr. Achal Kumar Malhotra visited «Galiq» college in Ijevan. This is his second visit to this college.
The director of «Galiq» college Arsen Bayramyan said that this visit is also symbolic, because exactly seven years ago on February 15, 2003 the cooperation between the college and Indian Embassy in Armenia had been established. Mr. Malhotra is the third Indian Ambassador who keeps friendly contact with the college where foreign languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Persian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, etc., are taught along with the number of professional subjects. The Ambassador attended an Indian language open class, where the students showed an Indian dance and a theatre performance in Hindi. Achal Kumar Malhotra mentioned that the Armenian youth can speak Indian quite good. "I am very glad to see that Indian language is taught in Ijevan," said Indian Ambassador to RA. "Every country’s language learning helps people to make good contacts, and I am sure that these people will help Armenian-Indian relations become more closer", said Mr. Malhotra. For those who want to study thoroughly Hindi language will be able to study in India in the frame of educational program.
We had a talk with the Ambassador:
Mr. Ambassador, does the Indian youth show interest towards Armenia?
At this moment there aren’t many opportunities in India to teach Armenian, but there are children from Armenia and other countries who study Armenian language and history in Calcutta.
Financial Analysts point out that not in distant future India will fortify its positions so that together with China's it will turn the geopolitical pole to Asia. What would you say regarding this as the representative of India in our country?
Not only India and China, but Brazil is also taking steps, and yes, it can be said that a few years later Asia due to its economic outgrowth will fix the leading position. I should mention that while the whole world suffered from the economic crisis, India and China managed to maintain their position. In our country the economic growth of 6.5 had been recorded, whereas in other countries financial decrease was registered. Yes, India and China will say their word in the world economy.
Due to what the Indians did manage to sustain economic growth?
Several reasons: The first condition is a very well developed banking system, besides, we have a very large internal market, and one of the reasons to confront the crisis was very well-organized financial policy and management.
Do you want to say that India has stronger banking system than financial system of the United States?
The crisis began in America and spread to other countries while India resisted it because we spend according to our funds, we do not live in the same way as people in America do by taking loans. If we have a hundred dollar income, then we just spend that much and not by taking a thousand dollar loan "Stretch your feet according to your blanket".
Translated by Nelly Manucharyan