Tanzania, India eyeing to further cement cordial ties

28Nov 2019
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania, India eyeing to further cement cordial ties

TANZANIA will continue to learn more and more from India to reshape the country as well as strengthen social and economic link between the two countries, former Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has said.

Former Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

Pinda was speaking in Dar es Salaam during the celebration to mark the India’s 70th anniversary of adaptation of its constitution. The function was held at the Indian embassy in Tanzania.

He said the Indian constitution allowed India to champion for the liberation of other Asian and African countries, African countries, including Tanzania will always cherish the role played by the late Jewaharlah Nehru in collaboration with other African leaders like the Late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

Others are Kwake Nkrumah and Gamal Abdel Nasser and other political activists all over the world in the formation of Non Aligned Movement which not only became an important factor in changing the balance of power within the United  Nations but also remain to be an organisation which reflects the common concerns of the Global South.

“As the prime minister I accepted the invitation to attend this event because India is determined to protect the valued of secularism and respect the pillars of constitutional democracy in letter and spirit,” he noted.

In other words, the great three advices given by Baba Dr Bhimrao  Ramji Saheb  Ambedkar, renowned as the drafter of the Indian Constitution and an iconic lawyer, scholar and leader who had championed the cause of the down-trodden through his last speech in the constituent assembly on adoption of the Indian constitution (November 25, 1949) are well up to date and well lived by India.

He said Tanzania and India have enjoyed a historic and cordial relations way before its formalisation in 1961 with the establishment  of diplomatic relations.

“The two founding fathers of our nations namely the late Mwalimu  Nyerere and  the late Mahatma Gandhi forged personal friendship that spilled over into polity and established enduring relations between our two peoples. “ he noted.

According to him, these relations have endured and will exist for the generations to come.

The current trends of economic interdependence have amplified the bilateral relations between India and Tanzania ranging from trade, education, agriculture, water, information and communication technology (ICT), tourism, technology and health sector.

According to him, over a billion people of India along with over a billion people of Africa will have a major role in reshaping the global order.

“It is important for us to learn from the wisdom left to us by our founding leaders,” he said.

meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sanjiv Kohli added that “we celebrate Indian constitution where we remember our freedom and people who played their role in drafting the constitution that give Indians diversity and made democracy to be successful in India.

“If you want to travel fast, travel alone and if you want to travel far travel together,” he noted.

He said if the beautiful relationship we have between Tanzania and India is taken far and purposely we intend to go far in national development for both countries.

According to the ambassador, November 26 has a unique historical significance as it was on this day in 1949 that the constitution was adopted, and, thereafter, came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of India as a republic.

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