Culture of Indian Polish History

Culture of Indian Polish History




When Hitler invaded Poland and started World War II, the Polish soldiers left 500 women and 200 children in a ship and left in the sea and told Captain to take them to any country, Where they can get shelter If we are alive or survived, then we will meet again …


The ship, filled with five hundred refugees, police, women and two hundred children, reached the harbor port of Iran, there was no permission to shelter anyone not even allowed to land , then they could not get help even in Seychelles, there was no permission even in Aden. Finally, the ship wandering in the sea came to the coast of Jamnagar in Gujarat, where Maharaja of Jamnagar, “Jham Sahab Digvijay Singh”, not only gave shelter to five hundred women but also gave their children free education in Balachiri an Army School.


These refugees stayed in Jamnagar for nine years … one of the children of those refugee children later became the Prime Minister of Poland, even today, the descendants of those refugees come to Jamnagar every year and remember their ancestors … In Poland, the name of many roads in the capital of Warsaw are named after Maharaja Jam Sahib; in his name there are many schemes in Poland. Every year Poland newspapers print articles about Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijay Singh.


From the ancient times, the text of the Indian ( Vasudhaiva kutubhkam ) whole world is a family and the tolerance have come to teach the world, on the other hand people of today’s novice leaders, etc., are going to put question marks on India’s tolerance … “India, etc., was till the end, and will remain … This is Hindu Indian Culture – Rich ,brave, tolerant, compassionate and genuine humanitarian – plus pro life, pro good values and great respect.


* James Robinson Cooper *

Cultural Relations

Indology: There is a strong tradition of Indology studies in Poland, with Polish scholars having translated Sanskrit into Polish as early as in the 19th Century. Sanskrit was being studied at the 600 year old Jagiellonian University in Krakow (the oldest in Poland) in 1860-61 with a Chair of Sanskrit being established in 1893. The Indology Department of the Oriental Institute at the University of Warsaw (established in 1932) is the biggest centre for Indian studies in Central Europe. ICCR sponsored the first Central & Eastern European regional conference of Indology in Warsaw University in September 2005 in which 19 scholars from 11 countries participated. A Hindi Chair is in place at the University of Warsaw. A Tamil chair is being re-established at the University of Warsaw, which will be shared with the Jagiellonian University. Hindi Teachers have also been deployed, with ICCR support, at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Technical University of Gdansk. A chair of Modern Studies is sought to be established at the Jagiellonian University.


Students exchange: Students from Poland are given scholarships under ICCR schemes to study in India every year. Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra provides four scholarships to Polish students to study Hindi. Nearly 100 Polish officials have availed of the ITEC capacity building training since 2007. Indian students have been studying in Poland on private basis in areas such as medicine, engineering, town planning, ship-building, and coal-mining. The number of such students has climbed to over 1300.


Academic Faculty Exchange: University of Warsaw has institutional arrangements with several Indian universities, including JNU, University of Calcutta, Manipal University, Mangalore University, under which Indian professors visit the university and conduct classes. They also participate in seminars/conferences and share their perspectives at public lectures focused on India’s development priorities/agenda among others.


Cultural exchanges: Polish journalists, academics and other opinion-makers have visited India under ICCR’s ‘Distinguished Visitors Programme’. Over the years, several cultural troupes have visited Poland and staged performances in many Polish cities. From the Polish side, several musical, art and film shows have been organized in India. An active Polish Cultural Institute functions within the Polish Mission in New Delhi, with its premises in Jor Bagh.


Incredible India Road Shows in Poland (July 2015): Ministry of Tourism with support of the Embassy organized Road shows in Krakow and Warsaw in July 2015 with participation of around 18 tour and travel operators from India and several local tour operators.


Yoga: The International Day of Yoga was organized in 21 cities in Poland on June 21, 2015. An estimated 11000 people participated in public events. The flagship event was held in the capital city Warsaw. Three Polish celebrities, ‘yoga ambassadors’, attended the event in Warsaw. Their involvement generated a tremendous buzz in the local media in the run-up to the event. PIOs showed enthusiastic support for the event. After the event, dozens of TV and print stories appeared on IDY, apart from a great deal of coverage in social media. Newsweek in Poland put up a popular 3 minute video report on its website. Currently around 1000 teachers are propagating yoga in Poland. There are over 200 yoga centre and over 4000 yoga practioners in Poland. The 2nd IDY Festival would be held on 19 June.


Ayurveda: The Opole University, in collaboration with Ayurveda and Yoga Centre of Sulislaw, offers a degree course in Ayurveda & Yoga. Ayush scholarships are offered annually to the Polish students to study Ayurveda & Yoga in India.


Films: Poland is becoming a major destination for shooting of Indian films. We expect this will boost tourism and cultural interaction between the two countries. Bangistan, Aazaan, Fanaa, Yah Jo Hai Mohabbat, Kick, Shaandaar, 24 are some of the Indian films shot in Poland. Bollywood Film ‘Fan’ was simultaneously released in Poland.


Gandhiji’s bust: A bust of Mahatma Gandhi has been placed in the library of University of Warsaw. It was unveiled on May 23, 2002 by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Manohar Joshi.


Good Maharaja Connection: A monument commemorating Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja of Nawanagar, was unveiled on 31 October, 2014 at the Square of the Good Maharaja, Ochota District, Warsaw, Poland. A Polish school is also named after the Maharaja. On 11 March, 2016, the Polish Parliament unanimously passed a resolution honouring the kindness and generosity of the Maharaja on his 50th death anniversary. The Maharaja had accepted more than 1000 Polish refugees, mainly children in the 1940s, who were escaping the depredations of the Second World War.


Streets commemorating Indian leaders: Three streets in Warsaw are named after Indian leaders – Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. Krakow and Lodz also have streets named after Mahatma Gandhi. Several bus stations are also named after these leaders.
60 years of diplomatic contact: 2014 assumed special significance in our bilateral relationship as its being the 60th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Poland. To commemorate this historic event, a series of outreach activities including seminars, film weeks, performing arts, business forums, cuisine festivals, exhibitions, etc were held in both the countries.


60 years of diplomatic contact: 2014 assumed special significance in our bilateral relationship as its being the 60th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Poland. To commemorate this historic event, a series of outreach activities including seminars, film weeks, performing arts, business forums, cuisine festivals, exhibitions, etc were held in both the countries.

New Embassy premises: The Embassy has shifted to its new Chancery complex, measuring 9,657 square meters, in August 2015. The Chancery is located at the heart of Warsaw. It faces the world famous Lazienki Park on two sides.


Visas: The Embassy of India in Warsaw issues around 20,000 visas annually, for Poland and Lithuania. Poland has been included in e-TV scheme of Government of India with effect from August 15, 2015. Under the scheme, over 6500 Polish nationals have visited India till the end of April 2016, indicating rising number of Poles availing of e-TV visa facility.


Indian Community: Estimated at approximately 3000, the Indian community in Poland consists of traders (textiles), garments, electronics) who came after the collapse of communism and professionals with multinational or Indian companies and software/IT experts. The number of Indian students in Poland has grown to over 600.


Useful Resources:

Embassy of India, Warsaw website:


Embassy of India, Warsaw Facebook page:


Embassy of India, Warsaw, Twitter page: