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'Indians make best husbands for Russians'

Indians make the best husbands for Russian women as they are "more open", says the country's leading feminist intellectual Maria Arbatova.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2006 01:01 IST

Among the foreigners, Indians make the best husbands for Russian women as they are "more open" and share an emotional relationship with the family, says country's leading feminist intellectual Maria Arbatova.

"In my view, out of all the foreigners, the Indian men are the best husbands for Russian women since they are brought up in a different way," famous Russian playwright and poetess Arbatova said.

"The western culture worships the superman and for an Indian male it is not a shame to cry. They are more emotional and have a more open and emotional relationship with the family," she said in an interview to Russian Agrarian Gazeta.

Arbatova, a living symbol of feminist movement of post-Communist Russia, had married twice and is presently living with an Indian. Recently she has published a book The Taste of India.

She became a household name in 1990s in Russia with her feminist TV Programme I Can Do It Myself. Since 1996, she heads the club of 'Women Meddling in Politics' to seek a greater role for the Russian women in the country's politics.

She had also won many international prizes including Cambridge gold medal for her contribution to the 20th century culture.

Russian woman can adjust better with an Indian husband and "moreover the Indian cinema has showed us that we have a lot in common", she said adding that no other nation except Indians is more like Russians in terms of character.

"They are as open, lazy and dreamy as we. Russia and India have a lot in common in the economic sphere. We were destroyed by socialism and India by colonialism," she said.

"The world thinks that the future is with China but I am sure it lies with India."

"Fifty per cent of the English-speaking programmers live in Bangalore. Indians can integrate in the world better than the Chinese since they speak English," Arbatova said.

She added that in China the population is growing older whereas about 500 million in India are below the age of 25.

First Published: Oct 26, 2006 01:01 IST