Z historii stosunków polsko-indyjskich: lata 30. i 40. XX w.
Indo-Polish Relations. A Historical Overview: the 1930s and the 1940s
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The second part of the article: “Indo – Polish Relations from the 16th to the 20th century – a historical overview” is dedicated to Poles who lived and died in India during the Second World War. The article is divided into three parts. It begins with a short introduction to the origin and role of the fi rst Polish Consulate in India. The year 2008 is special because, in March, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Polish Consulate in Mumbai. Furthermore, in this article, the Authoress focuses on the issue of refugee camps for Polish children that were organized in India. This history is not well known in Poland, but it is very interesting and worth mentioning. More than six thousand people found shelter in India during the Second World War. For many of them, India became a second home. For a few it happened to be a place of eternal rest, for example for Mr. Eugeniusz Banasinski and Mrs. Kira Banasinska; the fi rst Polish Consul and his wife have been buried in a cemetery in Mumbai. Thanks to the Polish Consulate in Mumbai and the Polish Embassy in New Delhi they are not forgotten. Their monuments were renovated and are in the care of Polish authorities. A few words are dedicated to Jam Saheb Digvijay Sinh – the maharaja of Nawanagar, who organized one of such refugee camps in Balachadi near Jamnagar. To sum up, Polish – Indian relations may be defi ned as long-lasting and very friendly. This positive attitude from the past may be an important factor in today’s relations between these two countries.
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