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INDIA AT A GLANCE

Official Name: Republic of India
Area: 3.3 million sq. Kms.
Climate: Alpine to Tropical, marked by relatively high temperature in summer and dry winter
Population: 1,210 million (2011 census)
Major religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Parsi
Languages: Hindi is the Official Language of the Union and English continues to be used for official purposes
Time zone: GMT + 5-1/2 hrs
Government type: Parliamentary system
Head of State: H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee
Head of Government: H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Administrative divisions: 28 States and 7 Union Territories
Capital: New Delhi
National Flag: Horizontal Tricolour of saffron at the top, white in the middle and green at the bottom in equal proportions and navy blue wheel with 24 spikes in the centre of the white band. The ratio between breadth and length is 2 to 3.
National Anthem: JANA-GANA-MANA-ADHINAYAKA, JAYA HE
BHARATA- BHAGYA-VIDHATA
PUNJAB-SINDHU-GUJARAT-MARATHA
DRAVIDA-UTKALA-BANGA
VINDHYA-HIMACHALA-YAMUNA-GANGA.
UCCHHALA-JALADHI TARANGA
TAVA SHUBHA NAME JAGE
TAVA SHUBHA ASHISHA MANGE
GAHE TAVA JAYA GATHA.
JANA-GANA-MANGALA DAYAKA, JAYA HE
BHARATA-BHAGYA-VIDHATA
JAYA HE, JAYA HE, JAYA HE
JAYA JAYA JAYA, JAYA HE

 

GUYANA-INDIA RELATIONS (GENERAL)

The Commission of India was established in Georgetown in May 1965. The Commission was made into a full-fledged High Commission of India in 1968. The Indian Cultural Centre was set up in 1972.

 

The relationship between India and Guyana ever since the independence of Guyana in May 1966 has been close and cordial with a high degree of understanding. The warmth in the relation remains unaffected with changes in governments either in India or in Guyana. Late Shrimati Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, visited Guyana in 1968, late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the then Vice President of India visited Guyana in 1988 and Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the then Vice President of India came on a state visit to Guyana in 2006.

 

India and Guyana all along view each other as strategic partners and cooperate in the international arena where there exists a clear convergence of views on issues of mutual interest. Guyana, however, closed down its Mission in India in 1990 due to economic reasons, but reopened it in 2004. President Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo made a state visit to India in 2003 and in 2004; President Jagdeo was the Chief Guest at the 2nd Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations and received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

 

In October 2012, Prime Minister Mr. Samuel Hinds visited India to attend International Seminar on Energy Access held in New Delhi and also had meetings with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

 

President Donald Ramotar visited India from 30th January to 2nd February 2013 to attend the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), India. During his visit he also had a meeting with the President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee.

 

The formal structure of relationship comprises a bilateral joint commission at the ministerial level, the fourth session of which was held in Georgetown in May 2008, periodic consultations between the foreign offices, the third round of which was held in Georgetown in July 2011, cultural exchange programme and a joint business council between the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICC) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI). The frequency of high level interactions are also enhanced as both India and Guyana are members of the Non-aligned Movement (NAM) and Commonwealth, and have common interests in WTO and on issues relating to climate change.

 

The cooperation between the two countries in sharing developmental experience is mainly routed through Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) under which forty scholarships are granted every year in various courses. Besides, some experts are also deputed to Guyana from time to time on request in specified areas of activity. Several other scholarships are also available to Guyanese to pursue long-term courses, to get acquainted with India and to learn Hindi language in India.

 

India has offered credit facilities to Guyana for use in mutually accepted designated fields, agriculture and information technology, being two of these. Indian companies have also expressed interest in bio fuel, energy, minerals and pharmaceuticals. Total trade turn over remains low, though the trend is positive and encouraging.

 

Love for cricket is another area that binds the two countries intimately. With the launching of Indian Premier League, a number of Guyanese players were contracted to play in India.



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