Indian community mourns death of Polish presidentApril 10th, 2010 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS
By Surender Bhutani
Warsaw, April 10 (IANS) The Indian community in Poland Saturday mourned the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in an air crash and said they had lost a “steadfast friend”.
“It is a terrible loss for us Indians as President Kaczynski has been a steadfast friend of India. We feel a personal loss in his untimely death,” said J.J. Singh, president of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IPCCI) and president of Shri Gurudwara Committee in Warsaw.
Kaczynski and 130 others, including most of his staff, were killed when a Russian-built Tupolev 154-M reportedly struck some trees, caught fire and broke up as it approached the airport in Smolensk city in western Russia.
There are approximately 3,500 Indians in Poland, mostly businessmen who migrated to cash on the economic boom after Warsaw opted for a free-market economy in 1989 and joined the European Union in 2004.
“We are going to have special prayers in gurudwara Sunday in his memory and in the memory of many other Polish officials who also perished in the crash. They were equally helpful to us in their lifetime,” added Singh.
Kaczynski, a staunch Catholic, had given permission to set up the gurudwara, the only one in eastern Europe, when he was the Warsaw mayor. He also gave permission to build a Hindu temple in Warsaw. It attracts hundreds of devotees.
Kaczynski was highly impressed by the Indian model of economic development and was keen to visit India.
The Indian Association in Poland expressed shock and called it a “sad day in Polish history”.
Similar announcements have been made by Indo-Polish cultural committees in Krakow and Warsaw.
The Indian restaurants in Warsaw have cancelled their musical programmes to show their Polish counterparts that they stand by them in their moment of national grief.
There are 22 Indian restaurants in Warsaw, apart from 20 throughout Poland.
- Chaurasia's magic flute charms Poles - May 17, 2012
- Poland remembers Tagore, sways to Gurudev's musical - May 03, 2012
- Polish president's ill mother unaware of his death - Apr 12, 2010
- Polish president, a friend of India, dies in air crash - Apr 10, 2010
- No changes in Russia-Poland relations after plane crash report - Aug 04, 2011
- Polish PM to woo Indian business during state visit - Sep 02, 2010
- Poland rejects Russia's report on President Kaczynski's death - Dec 17, 2010
- Call for Polish state honour for former Indian maharaja - Sep 08, 2010
- Most Poles object to burying dead president alongside country's heroes and royalty - Apr 15, 2010
- Polish first lady may visit plane crash site - Jan 31, 2011
- Poland questions 300 in air crash probe - Sep 12, 2010
- Russia sends Poland files on presidential plane crash - Apr 07, 2011
- Poland to reconstruct jet crash that killed president - Jan 23, 2011
- Poland asks Russia for Smolensk air crash reports - Jul 20, 2010
- Twin brother identifies body of Polish President Kaczynski - Apr 11, 2010
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,