3rd September the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai hosted a panel discussion “The beginning of World War II: Great tragedy and its lessons”. It was dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the World War II outbreak.
The welcoming address to the audience was given by Mr. Oleg Avdeev, Consul- General of the Russian Federation in South India and Mr. Gennadii Rogalev, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture.
Mr. Anton Chernov, Consul of the Russian Federation in Chennai, in his speech during the panel discussion stressed that “This tragedy has become possible as a result of the crime appeasement policy as well as the international community reluctance to establish the permanent system of collective security. The Red Army’s liberation mission and the valour of the USSR peoples saved Europe from Nazism. While global conflicts can be settled only by cooperative efforts, the falsification of history always results in serious consequences”.
Well-known Indian historians, political analysts and military experts became the participants of the panel discussion: Dr. R. Manivannan, Professor and Head Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras, Mr. M. Matheswaran, Air Marshal, Chairman and President of The Peninsula Foundation, Indian Air Force veteran, Dr. Anbu Arumugam, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Presidency College.
In the framework of the event, the exhibition of the rare archive photos and documents of Madras (Chennai) during the period of World War II was presented by its author Mr. R. Venketesh, writer, author of historical novels and an expert on Madras history of the 40-s.
At the end of the program, speakers answered numerous questions from the audience.
The event was attended by around 100 students and teachers from schools, colleges and universities of the city.