Vancouver, Surrey Indian Community - BCIndian.com
| | | | | | | | | | | |
 


 

When Zhou Enlai said China can learn from ICF


Tamil Nadu,National


Author : Indo Asian News Service

Tamil Nadu, National, India Read Latest News and Articles

Share With Your Friends

Add To My Favorite     Add A Picture

Add an Article

View All Contributions

Chennai, Oct 9 (IANS) Sixty-three years ago the then Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai, who visited Madras (now Chennai), had said that his countrymen can come and learn from the practices of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here.

Curiously, over the years China has gone way ahead, not only in the railways, but also in other sectors.

After a tour of ICF on December 6, 1956, Zhou Enlai, the first Premier of the People's Republic of China, wrote in Chinese in the visitors book at ICF: "This is a modernised coach factory. It is worthwhile for the Chinese to come and learn. This factory is well-built and well-organised. The technology and training given are very good. It is worthwhile for the Orients to take pride in it."

The former Chinese Prime Minister had landed here on December 5, 1956, and was given a massive reception by the city council. The then Governor Sri Prakasa presented some mementoes to Zhou Enlai. At the end, Zhou Enlai had thanked the gathering.

As per the archives of the famous Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, the Chinese leader also visited the Gemini Studios owned by S.S. Vasan.

Vasan garlanded Zhou Enlai and showed him around Gemini Studios.

Zhou Enlai also watched a movie shooting and the dance performance of actor Padmini.

The next day Zhou Enlai visited Mahabalipuram, now called Mamallapuram, and saw the rock cut temples and stone carvings.

He also visited the model village Kulpanthandalam, about 10 km from Mahabalipuram, and opened a maternity and child welfare centre there.

A picture of that visit does not indicate the presence of heavy security.

"There were no major security arrangements then. The villagers came to meet Zhou Enlai and some even shook hands with him. He also addressed the media at Mahabalipuram and had tender coconut water," Vakula S. Varadarajan, a historian, told IANS.

Zhou Enlai left Madras on December 7, 1956.

--IANS

vj/arm

Premium Advertiser
Real Estate Brokers, Agents - REMAX Eastside ( #1 Firm in the WORLD ), Lee Tayebi



This is an advertisement



Latest Showbiz News

View More News


More News Articles

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas' concert kiss goes viral

Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor play paintball with fans

Taapsee, Bhumi pledge to support girl child empowerment

Sanya Malhotra grooves to 'Ghungroo' song of 'War' in new video

Need to get a lot stronger as a team mentally: Faf du Plessis