The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), in collaboration with the Embassy of theRepublic of Poland in New Delhi, organised a panel discussion on the book entitled,'India-Poland Relations in the 21st Century: Vistas for Future Cooperation' on June 24th, 2014at Sapru House, New Delhi.
Edited by Dr Vijay Sakhuja, Dr Dinoj K Upadhyayand Mr PatrykKugiel and jointly published by the ICWA and the Polish Institute ofInternational Affairs (PISM), Warsaw, the book couldn't have come at a better time. The discussion threw significant perspectives on the possible contours of strategic partnership between India and Poland.
A self-confessed optimist, HE (Prof) PiotrKlodkowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to India dismissed concerns of an information deficit between the two countries.
Stressing that the situation is not that bad, Ambassador focussed on the positives.
"Poland invested more in India, than in China. Trade between the two countries stand at a healthy $2bn, which is not a bad thing. The biggest ever business delegation (125-130 companies) from India went to Poland. Energy sector has to be the focus of strategic partnership," HE (Prof) PiotrKlodkowski said.
Making a strong case for Poland, the Ambassador urged Bollywood to explore the beautiful country more and more.
"Salman Khan shot his movie 'Kick' in Poland. Mr Bachchan knows a lot about Poland. Who says there is an information deficit," he remarked.
HE (Prof) PiotrKlodkowski referred to 2011 flick 'Zindagi Na MilegiDobara' which was shot in Spain. He signed off on a lighter note: In Poland, 'ZindagiMilegiDobara'!