The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in India presented the book "Brief History of Cuba: From Columbus to the 21st Century", in commemoration of Cuban Culture Day. The event was headed by Ambassador Alejandro Simancas Marin and the Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi. Members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Delhi, officials of the Indian Foreign Ministry, representatives of cultural institutions in Delhi, as well as professors and friends were also present.
The Cuban diplomat stressed the importance of October 20 for Cuba, which is celebrated every year as a tribute to our cultural richness and in defense of the preservation of Cuban nationality. He also thanked the collaboration of Prints Publications Pvt Ltd and the Federation of Indian Publishers in the publication of the book in India. The Ambassador handed over the first copy of the book to the Minister of State as a symbol of the friendship between the peoples of Cuba and India.
The Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi considered as extraordinary the history of Cuba with passages such as the fire of the city of Bayamo. She also highlighted the links that unite our peoples such as diversity, history of resistance and cultural values. On behalf of his government and the Indian people, he wished prosperity to the Cuban people in their path of resistance and struggle in the face of economic challenges.
As part of the celebration of the Day of Culture in India, the project "Patria Libros", a free access and open source digital bookstore for the consultation of Cuban titles, was also presented. The project was carried out jointly by the José Martí Cultural Society and the Eight Goals One Foundation (8one), an organization presided over by Ramit Singh Chimmi, president of the jury of the UNESCO International José Martí Prize.
Ramit Singh emphasized that the project is inspired by the ideas of Cuba's National Hero, José Martí, and is a valuable contribution to the Caribbean nation's culture.