Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa: visits of world's most powerful women to Armenia
YEREVAN, MARCH 9, ARMENPRESS. I encountered a huge caring for people and heartfelt attitude towards them in Armenia. Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), the 1979 Nobel Peace laureate, thus described her impressions from her visit to our country. On the occasion of the 8th of March, "Armenpress" introduces the visits of the 4 most influential women of 20-21st century to Armenia from its archives.
During the Soviet era, President of India Dr. S Radhakrishnan (Sept 1964) and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic on June 11, 1976. The First secretary of the Armenian Communist Party Karen Demirchyan welcomed Indira Gandhi.
First, Indira Gandhi visited the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, commonly referred to as the Matenadaran.
Also, Indira Gandhi paid a visit to the Yerevan Computer Research and Development Institute (YCRDI), where she left the following note in the book of visitors: "I am charmed by the activity of the Armenian engineers, constructers, and scientists. This is a brilliant prove of the intensive progress of sciences and republic's industry."
The fact that Indira Gandhi spent the half of her five-day visit to the Soviets in Armenia tells about the significance of the Armenian-Indian relations and friendship of the Armenian and Indian people.
Learning about the devastating earthquake in Armenia, Mother Teresa paid a visit to our country on December 18. Mother Teresa was in Gyumri and visited hospitals in Yerevan. In an interview to "Armenpress", Mother Teresa stated: "We were in those places in Armenia, which were heavily damaged by the earthquake. The size of the calamity shocked us and we are very sorry for that."
"I encountered a huge caring for people and heartfelt attitude towards them in Armenia. I'll come back soon with my nuns to help the victims," she said.
On December 20, Mother Teresa visited Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzi, where she had a meeting with His Holiness Vazken I,Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. In end of the meeting, Mother Teresa noted that our people is lucky to have such a Catholicos.
Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace laureate, offered the Soviets Monday the assistance of her religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, which operates orphanages, hospitals, food centers and schools in more than 25 countries.
The Roman Catholic nun met in the Armenian capital of Yerevan with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Nikolai I. Ryzhkov, who "warmly thanked her for the kind feelings, compassion, and the offered aid," Tass said.(THE FULL VERSION OF THE ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ARMENIAN)