The friendly ties between the peoples of our country and India can be traced deep into the past. These relations have acquired special meaning and taken a new direction nowadays thanks to the tireless efforts of the Communist Party and Government of the Soviet Union, on the one hand, and the Government of free India that has won independence, on the other. We regard it our priority task to strengthen friendship with the Indian people, as with all the other peoples, for the sake of preserving peace and ensuring social progress. In this line the Communist Party and Government of the Soviet Union and the country’s public organizations conduct extensive activities. In his speech at the November (1982) Plenary Meeting of the CPSU Central Committee, Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee pointed out.