Armenia and Armenians in Indian mass media

27.09.2019 • PM Modi delivers a diplomatic knockout punch to Turkey with his Cyprus-Armenia move

When it comes to Diplomacy, PM Modi is a University in himself. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a controversial leader has yet again shown his neo-Caliphate aspirations during his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.   During his speech, he positioned himself as the “messiah” of the Muslim populations across the world. In his speech, he attacked several nations in a bid to project himself as the protector of Muslims across the world. He took up several issues including the Palestine issue   and also referred to the Rohingya immigrant issue, both issues in which the harbouring ambitions of a neo-Caliphate hold key interest.   Erdogan’s comments don’t come as much of a surprise. The controversial leader has been criticised for his commitment to global jihad in the past. As per a New York Post report, the MIT, Turkey’s intelligence agency, has been providing resources and material...

28.05.2019 • Madras, Calcutta were the cradle of Armenian Intellectual Activities

Indians and Armenians were known to each other since at least the 4th century BC. In 149 BC two Indian princes migrated from Kanauj to Armenia where they set up a Hindu settlement . Today, 28 th   of May is a historical day for the Armenian people. On this day, in 1918, the Armenian National Committee declared Armenia an independent country, thus giving birth to the First Armenian Republic and marking the first revival of Armenian statehood. To mark this event   Ambassador Achal Kumar Malhotra   who served as the second Indian resident ambassador in the Republic of Armenia spoke to   Aditi Bhaduri  about the time spent there, and most importantly, about the millennia long dialogue that Indians and Armenians have had with each other. While India occupies a substantial place in the Armenian collective consciousness, and with good cause – there have been continuous Armenian settlements in India since at least the 16 th  ...

23.05.2019 • There Once Were Armenians in Malacca

Think of major trading ports in the 16 th   and 17 th   centuries, and you can be sure Armenian merchants visited them. One such port was Malacca (Melaka) in Malaysia. With its historic city center, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca is today a popular tourist destination and to the surprise of many, Armenians once lived there.   Captured in 1511 by the Portuguese, Malacca began to flourish with traders from Europe, Asia and Africa. Needless to say, Armenians were among them. While some Armenians carried their own cargo, others acted as middlemen. To break the long journey from Europe, they stopped in India at Gujarati ports, especially Surat, selling goods such as opium, rose-water, silver, arms and glass. After re-stocking with textiles, indigo and pearls, they caught the monsoon winds down to Malacca. When the winds changed direction, these merchants headed back to India via the Maldives with their vessels laden with spices,...

13.05.2019 • The Pogose School: An Armenian legacy in Old Dhaka

The Pogose School in Dhaka is a familiar landmark in the city. What is perhaps unfamiliar to the Armenian Diaspora around the world is that it was opened in 1848 by local Armenian Joakim Gregory Nicholas Pogose. His Armenian family network extended into Calcutta as well as Dacca. His parents were Gregory Nicholas Pogose and Elizabeth née Sarkies. Through his mother’s family line one can see a deep-rooted philanthropic trace; his great grandfather, Sarkies Ter Johannes, was co-founder of Johannes Sarkies & Co., and during Ter Johannes’s lifetime contributed enormously to the poor, destitute and needy. His grave inscription reflects: “… he was charitable to the homeless and distributed money bountifully.  ” Joakim Pogose of Dacca married a second cousin, Mariam   née   Avdal l  of Calcutta. The influence of personal advancement through educatiowas something she was already very familiar...

05.05.2019 • Armenia is a wine lover’s paradise

When archaeologists unearthed the world’s oldest winery, estimated to be 6,100 years old, in southern Armenia three years ago, everyone gasped —except for Armenians. Armenia, a landlocked country of about 3 million people in the Caucasus Mountains, has a few claims to fame: gold medal chess players, fraught geopolitics, Churchill’s favorite brandy, and—OK, fine—the Kardashians, who are proud Armenian Americans. But tourism? Most U.S. travelers couldn’t spot Armenia on a map (it’s sandwiched between Georgia and Iran), let alone fathom a trip there. It’s time to reconsider, if you’ve considered it at all. Beyond Armenia’s popular tourist attractions — it has some of the world’s oldest churches — there are new reasons to bump the nation a few spots up your bucket list. Last year’s Velvet Revolution, which unseated a Russia-backed oligarch, has given the country a palpable, contagious...

06.04.2019 • 300-year-old Armenian plaque restored

CHENNAI: As the mason plasters on the final touches to the concrete border around the 300-year-old Armenian Plaque in Saidapet, social media in Armenia lights up with celebratory messages. The Plaque, which commemorates the building of the Marmalong bridge in 1726 — the oldest across the Adyar River — by Armenian merchant Coja Petrus Uscan, had disappeared from sight a few years ago owing in part to neglect and to construction work along the Saidapet Bridge. But now, the Armenian consulate in the city, in collaboration with the highways department, has managed to restore the plaque in its original spot. "In February, a group of 20 Armenians had visited the city and they went to see the plaque," says Shivkumar Eashwaran, honorary consul general of Armenia in Chennai. "They were upset that the plaque was virtually underground. There was an outcry in Armenia and India ," he said. Read more:

29.03.2019 • Indo Armenia Film And Cultural Forum Formed at ICMEI

Noida: International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry in association with Embassy of Armenia launched the first ever film and cultural forum in India to develop and promote the relation between two countries through art and     culture in a grand function at Marwah Studios at Noida Film City. “We are charged with new energy on the launching of new forum IACF-Indo Armenia Cultural Forum at ICMEI to work together with Embassy of Armenia for the betterment of relation between people of two countries,” said Dr. Sandeep Marwah President of ICMEI. Read more:

19.03.2019 • Armenian Ambassador Cautions Indians Against Fraudulent Job Agents

Armen Martirosyan, ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, has cautioned Indians against travel agencies engaged in trapping gullible youth on the false promise of arranging jobs in Armenia, claiming that Armenia’s economy has very little scope for accommodating low-skilled foreigners seeking jobs. New Delhi (Sputnik): The number of   Indians going to   Armenia has seen a roughly 600-fold increase in   the last two years. Official figures say that in   2016, 4,226 Indians went to   Armenia, while in   2018, the total number hiked to   28,659. In close heels to   this feat, earlier this year, Indian media was abuzz with reports   of   youths from   Punjab stuck in   Armenia. The ambassador of   the Republic of   Armenia in   India has urged Indian jobseekers to   understand the human resource needs of   Armenia before   embarking on...

18.03.2019 • A small piece of Armenia in Bangladesh

The Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection (1781) on Church Road in Old Dhaka highlights a rich tapestry of the Armenian footprint on the commerce, politics, and education of East Bengal. More importantly, the church is an architectural testament to the story of how the Armenian diasporas spread out from their historic homeland, located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, to far-flung regions, and thrived as a versatile cosmopolitan community. Armenia occupies a crucial geographic location at the intersection of various civilisations and trading routes, such as the Silk Road from China to Rome. A vital link between East and West, the country was under the domination of various competing political powers, including the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Persians again, the Ottomans, and the Russians. Their long political subjugation, on the one hand, made it difficult for them to maintain their Christian faith (the Armenians were the first people to...

08.07.2018 • Armenia: Where the church bells toll

Few know that Kolkata once had a large Armenian community that has dwindled over time. It is from the stories told by my Armenian friends in the city that I learnt that their homeland was the first country to adopt Christianity as the state religion in 301 AD. They described visions of Armenia’s churches that became imprinted in my mind. Visions of sprawling, majestic complexes, nestled in the folds of green canyons and hilltops, that have borne testimony to the creative power of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. A grant from Luminous Landscape, a web portal for photography education, took me to the country on a two-week project. Read more :    

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