LS president Om Birla unveils bust of freedom fighter in Mexico

Mexico City/New Delhi: Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla, who leads an Indian parliamentary delegation to Mexico, unveiled a bust of freedom fighter Pandurang Khankhoje near Mexico City, according to an official statement.

In his address at the event at the University of Chapingo – the oldest agricultural university in Latin America, he said that Khankhoje was an outstanding Indian revolutionary, scholar, agronomist, who was among the founding fathers of the party Ghadar.

Mexico’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor Villalobos, and the university’s rector, Jose Ramirez, briefed Birla on the operation of the university. They also discussed expanding trade in the agriculture and food processing sectors and leveraging innovations in these sectors in both countries.

Birla also visited the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Santiago Creel, and discussed several issues of mutual importance. He observed that India and Mexico had historically close relations and that Mexico was the first country to recognize India as an independent country in 1947.

He noted that the relations between the two countries, in terms of trade, economy and culture, have been strengthened since then. The two countries also share best practices for strengthening parliamentary democracy around the world, he added.

(IANS)

Thelma J. Longworth