New Delhi, 09 May 2019
The Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi jointly with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in India organised a special function to mark the 74th Anniversary of Victory over Fascism in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) and the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Belarus (03.07.1944) for the war heroes on May 7, 2019
The event showcase gratitude and homage that was paid by prominent envoys, ex-army generals, political leaders and prominent social leaders to the heroic Soviet people for their sacrifice and contribution to the great victory over fascism. The centre attraction of the programme was the Seminar “Impact and Lessons of the Great Victory of Soviet People over Fascism for Mankind”. Three Photo Exhibitions, too, were opened on the occasion: “The Great Patriotic War in Paintings, Graphics and in Human Destiny”, “The Times Links (TASS)” and “Cost of the Great Victory”, presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus.
The function was attended by a large gathering of foreign diplomats, educationists, artists, Russian compatriots and media people. Find out about the event as narrated by the RCSC.
H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India said that “the Victory Day has always been and always remain the dearest and most sacred day for every family, for not only our huge country but also for the world itself, a day of national pride and eternal unfailing memory”. He stressed: “It is of utmost importance to note that we must cherish the memory of the unparalleled courage of everyone on the frontlines and on the home front, of warriors who gave their lives, of all our soldiers and the brave fighters of the second front, of the contribution made by the anti-Hitler coalition countries, of the brotherhood-in-arms of those who stood up against Nazism. ”
Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy pointed out that May 9, the monumental holiday in Russia, brings to human memory the horrendous phase of World War II, which, to the people of Russia, is the Great Patriotic War, adding that the Soviet people and the Red Army chronicled the Great Victory with blood and tears undertaking the supreme sacrifice of 27 million people, an all-time record toll of human lives.
Mr Dalbir Singh, Co-Chairman of Eurasian People’s Assembly, National Secretary, All-Indian Congress Committee brought to light the horrors of the war and the heroic deeds of the Soviet people installing the advance of Nazi forces, ultimately winning the war thereby rescuing humanity from the menace of fascism. The impact and lesson of this Victory are crucial, he added.
Based on personal experience while serving in the Defence Ministry of the Government of India, involving in crucial bilateral cooperation with the USSR, and as a fighting soldier taking part in previous wars Mr Shekhar Dutt, IAS (Retd.), former Governor of Chhatisgarh State, emphasised that but for Soviet help and support India would never have won the 1971 war.
It was thanks to the Soviet people that humanity was saved from the clutches of fascist forces, noted Mr R. N. Anil, Founder and Secretary-General, India-Russian Foundation who traced the systematic development of Indo-Russian relations, particularly in the defence sector which stood Indian in good stead. We should realise the impact of this Great Victory, he noted.
H.E. Mr Andrei Rzheussky, ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to India recalled the Operation Bagration, a military campaign in Soviet Belorussia in the Eastern Front of World War II, and the significant contribution made by the Soviet Red Army and Soviet people in the liberation of Belarus through great sacrifices and sufferings. He made out a grievous account of the genocide perpetrated by Nazi forces, and he was relieved to say that today the country is free and peaceful.
H.E. Mr Bulat Sarsenbayev, ambassador of Kazakhstan to India, narrated the childhood memory of the celebration of the Victory Day and remembered the voluminous economic and political support provided by the Soviet Government in rebuilding his Republic.
Describing World War II as the most destructive conflict suffered by mankind, Maj. Gen. G.D. Bakshi emphatically lauded the unparalleled courage of the Soviet Army which ultimately led to the unconditional surrender of the Nazi forces.
Underlining the fact that of all our friends across the world, Russia stands out prominent to stand by India both in peace and crisis, Lt. Gen. Arvinder Singh Lamba pinpointed the extreme care with which Russia wants to see India self-sufficient and strong in all its spheres.
Events Desk, Diplomacytoday.in | Courtesy – RCSC