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Foreign Secretary Mathai interacts with students on Mass Awareness Train tour

New Delhi, Fri, 06 Jan 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Jan 6 (ANI): India's Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai on Friday interacted with the delegation consisting of Indian as well as foreign students, participating in 'Jagriti Train Yatra' (Mass Awareness Train Tour) in New Delhi.


The group comprised of around 450 students participating from India and almost 30 countries around the globe.


Addressing the students, Mathai said such events signify to enhance and strengthen the relations between the countries.


He said this would hugely influence the development and progress of the nations.


"The world has looked at India with great admiration for its economic growth. We all know and as all of you who made this journey know that we have a long way to go before we can even claim to be satisfied leave alone rest on our laurels. We are conscious of the very enormous developmental challenges that confront us," said Mathai.


"The speakers who came from outside referred to challenges of energy, the challenges of development, the challenges of the rural- urban divide and these are all very-very clear facts of life, which we try to work with," added Mathai.


The 15-day train tour aims at creating a direct relationship between the cross section of youth from the various countries.


The participants would be covering a distance of 7000 kilometers by train, which includes visiting various iconic institutions of the country.


Enthusiastic about his participation a student from Morocco, Karishma Rafferty, said it is amazing to see the existence of diverse cultures living in harmony for past several decades.


"I think just how amazingly just diverse it is, I mean we have really seen the extremes from the very-very small, kind of rural villages that actually have a quite, peaceful life in some places and then there is poverty and then we go to Delhi and there are amazingly rich people. It is so diverse," Rafferty said.


Another participant, Nana Ama Tima Boakye from Ghana said that people the two countries such as Ghana and India, should work together as both having been facing same challenges.


"I feel as comfortable as in my home because I think India is having the challenges that we have in Ghana," she said.


The tour began on December 24, 2011 from Mumbai and will conclude on January 8 in the same city. (ANI)


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