Ho Chi Minh: The Architect of Viet Nam - India Friendship (Part 2)


Ho Chi Minh: The Architect of Viet Nam - India Friendship (Part 2)

Obviously, Nguyen Ai Quoc’s warm feelings towards Indian people were born from very early. That sentiment derived from the insight, empathy and sharing with the fate of people who lost their homeland; with life of slaves, who suffered pain and humiliation under the foreign rule. Simultaneously, through his posts, we see lofty humanitarian ideals of Ho Chi Minh in love for classes, love for people, and his resolute stance to support national liberation struggle of oppressed colonial people - for freedom and happiness of the strata, for the sovereignty of every nation. They could be primary bricks that Ho Chi Minh founded, building up beautiful friendship between Vietnamese people and Indian people.

(Part 1)

Ho Chi Minh: The Architect of Viet Nam - India Friendship

Assoc. Prof. PhD. Tran Minh Truong
Director of Department of Personnel&Organization, HCMA

Ho Chi Minh's visit left good traces on minds of Indian social strata. On his welcome speech, Prime Minister J. Nehru said, “We have had contact with a person; he is a part of Asian history. In him we welcome a great man, and we met a historical phase "[1]. In his response, President Ho Chi Minh stated, “We are very happy and deeply moved to come to great India, the cradle of one of the oldest civilizations in the world. We visited you with deep sympathy that attaches our two nations.”[2] According to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - India friendship was formed and bound together thanks to common ties in culture and history, “The the friendship between the Indian people and the people of Vietnam have been brotherly longstanding. For many centuries, Buddhist thought and Indian art have been expanding to Viet Nam. Colonialism imposed its rule over our lands and hindered our relation for some times. But traditional friendship always stick our two nations.” [3]

On behalf of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and of the Vietnamese people, President Ho Chi Minh thanked the International Commission with India as its chairman for the efforts in the supervision and control of the implementation of the Geneva Agreements in Viet Nam, which contributed to the consolidation of peace and for national reunification in Viet Nam. The Government of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and the people of Viet Nam are always grateful for the sympathy and support of the Government and people of brotherly India in protest against the war of aggression in Viet Nam.

The visit to India of President Ho Chi Minh became a prominent event, the climax of the relation between the two countries. After returning Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh wrote Fraternity of Vietnam - India - Myanmar, noted the kind and friendly greetings from the leaders and people of India to him. President Ho Chi Minh expressed confidence that the “unshakable” friendship of the Indian people and the Vietnamese people will be maintained, fostered and growing.

On making the friendly ties already subsisting between Viet Nam and India, which Ho Chi Minh and J. Nehru laid the foundation, still stronger - in The Resistance War against America invasion, through the activities of organizations such as Non-Aligned Movement, Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organization with Vietnam, the Government and people of India had always lent the support to their resistance in the struggle for the reunification of Viet Nam. On 7 January 1972, Vietnam and India officially established diplomatic relation, marking a new chapter in Viet Nam - India relation.

In recent years, Vietnam - India relation has been being lifted and rapidly developing. In July 2007, a Joint Declaration was signed officially upgrading a strategic partnership between Viet Nam and India. 2012 is observed as the Year of Viet Nam - India Friendship to celebrate the 40th anniversary of full diplomatic relations and the 5th anniversary of strategic partnership.

For the love that Indian people gave Ho Chi Minh: A Hindi language biography of President Ho Chi Minh written by Geetesh Sharma, President of the Indian-Vietnam Solidarity Committee in West Bengal state, has been released in India. The publication was written to mark the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of Ho Chi Minh (19/5/1890 – 19/5/2010). In the biography’s foreword, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Karan Singh expresses his belief that President Ho Chi Minh and his ideology can inspire and enlighten those who have been working in the interest of working people and progressive forces around the world. The book’s publication aims to deepen Indians’ understanding of President Ho Chi Minh.

In the little book, author Geetesh Sharma remarked that President Ho is indeed an outstanding politician in our times, who Sharma and millions of people worldwide consider their idol. Therefore, the Kolkata-based writer had been researching and collecting documents capturing the President in different phases and the warm sentiment between President Ho and the Indian people, to convey to Hindi language. With his book, Sharma aims to deepen Indian people’s understanding of the highly revered Vietnamese leader.

On the 125th birth anniversary of Chi Minh (19/05/2015), let us review the friendly relation that President Ho and other senior leaders of India laid the foundation and have been increasingly nurturing. Today, each of us is obliged to develop the sense of responsibility, build comprehensive Vietnam - India cooperation, and that it will bring still closer in fruitful collaboration the peoples of India and Viet Nam, contribute to the development of each country./.


Translated by: Đặng Hồng Nhung
evised by: M.A Phùng Thị Thanh Hà

[1] The Complete Works of Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh Toan Tap), 1996, Vol.9, Pg. 36, National Politics Publishing House in Ha Noi.

[2] The Complete Works of Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh Toan Tap), 1996, Vol.9, Pg. 36, National Politics Publishing House in Ha Noi.

[3] The Complete Works of Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh Toan Tap), 1996, Vol.9, Pg. 39, National Politics Publishing House in Ha Noi.

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