Assuming that Europe’s future will involve both an increasing need for integration and increasing levels of importance being ascribed to national, regional, confessional, and various other social identities, dialogue and exchange will be just as crucial for inner-European relations as they are for relationships between Europeans and non-Europeans.
The ‘My country, our world in 2030’ essay competition, organised in the context of the May 2019 European elections, is an opportunity for students and young people to provide insights on how they see the future of both their country and Europe more broadly.
The award is represented by funding the participation at a summer school of participant’s choice.
The summer school should take place in a European/Council of Europe country and should be no longer than 3 weeks and up to a 3000EUR value.
Aqueel Ahmad wrote an essay about the prospects of cultural cooperation between Russia and India. According to him, in order to intensify the Russian-Indian cultural relations, the two countries should come forward to make films together, jointly directed ones, and in two versions, in Hindi and in Russian, like the 1957 film ‘Pardesi’ in Hindi or ‘A Journey Beyond the Three Seas’ in Russian by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and Vasili Pronin, which was based on the Russian traveller Afanasy Nikitin’s travelogues in India.
Rashmi Rajput feels that in order to improve bilateral relations Russia and India should enhance students' exchange programs “with not just going there and studying, but to live with the families…Like this they can learn more and more about Russia and Indian culture as well,” she said.“I'm very proud that the competition had quite a substantial reach,” said Diana Alipova, Russia & India Report’s Indian Representative.“We have received works from all around India.”Each winner was also presented with commemorative envelopes with stamps marking the 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova’s flight into space, which is widely celebrated in India this year. When I was a child, I started reading Russian novels and skazki (this means fairy tales.) My favourite one was The Flying Ship.The Russian-Armenian University Prize for the Best Essay from Armenia!The Russian-Armenian University will sponsor a special prize for the best essay written by an Armenian national.The prizes will be awarded no later than 14 days after the Ceremony.Attendance at the 2019 Rhodes Forum in Greece, October 11-12, 2019 – a unique opportunity to speak at an international event!The runner up in each category will receive an i Phone.The ceremony is planned for June 2019 in Berlin, subject to logistic changes.In India, there is a struggle between a sari and jeans, just like in Russia, where there is one between traditional braids and mini-skirts.We are trying to keep a tradition and yet we are losing ourselves.”About 300 essays were submitted for the contest in total.