Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev apparently shares an India link unknown to many. The 42-year-old successor of Vladimir Putin has a surname which can trace its origin to Sanskrit.
Medvedev is derived from medved the Russian word for bear. For pre-Christian Russians, who were the worshippers of wooden idols of Balvan (almighty god), the use of the word ber was a taboo and so they preferred to call the animal Medved.
While in Russian, Medved would have translated to 'someone having the knowledge of honey', in Sanskrit, the language of Aryans, the word Madhu Vedi has the same meaning.
Experts believe that Arctic Russia was the home of Indo-European Aryan tribe before they migrated to the South due to advent of Ice Age.
Outstanding Indian scholar of Vedas and freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak in his book The Arctic Home in Vedas has also mentioned about the common roots of the Russians and Indians.
Ever since the rise of Nazi Germany and the Hitler's crimes against the Jews during the Second World War, anything Aryan had been a taboo in Communist Russia and for the first time President Vladimir Putin had made a timid attempt to mention the Aryan roots of Russia during his visit to India in January 2007.
Addressing eminent Indians at a private gathering in the Russian Embassy in New Delhi, Putin for the first time publicly acknowledged that the common roots of Indians and Russian date back to 'days of Zoroaster', as he did not want to evoke the wrath of the powerful Orthodox Church and Jewish lobby by mentioning the word 'Aryan'.