On March 9, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture held a condolence meeting in memory of Alexander M. Kadakin, one of the most outstanding diplomats of our time, a person who made an indisputable contribution to the development of Soviet-Indian and then Russian-Indian relations. The event was organized by the Indo Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (IRCCI) together with Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in Chennai.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to India Alexander Kadakin’s sad demise happened on January 26, 2017, in this significant year for Russia and India – the year when we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. An outstanding diplomat, who had served many years on this post, he had done a lot for development of the Russian-Indian relations.
The condolence meeting was attended by Mr. S. L. Kotav, Consul General of Russia in South India, Mr. G. Sundaravadivelu, President of IRCCI, Mr. N. Ram, Chairman of Kasturi and Sons, Journalist, Former managing director and editor-in –chief of “The Hindu” and permanent participant of Valdai Club, Mr. V. M. Lakshmi Narayanan, Chairman of Indo Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Mr. P. Thangappan, Secretary General of IRCCI as well as Russian diplomats and local people.
Early in the evening all observed a minute's silence to mourn the loss of AM Kadakin and then many kind words were spoken in memory of his life and diplomatic activities. Speakers noted his surprising personal qualities not only as a great diplomat, but also as a loyal friend and great supporter of development of the Russian-Indian relations. A. M. Kadakin worked at various posts in Embassies of the USSR and Russia in India since 1971, periodically discontinuing the foreign mission trips in central office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His first term as Russian ambassador to India was between 1999 and 2004, and his second term was from November 2009. He was the Russian ambassador to Nepal from 1992 to 1997 and from 2005 to 2009 to Sweden.
For AM Kadakin, the year 2009 was the year of returning to India as an ambassador for the second time. During this period, his work was continued by the course of development of cooperation between the two countries in many strategic areas.
Because of the work of our diplomats in India, our countries have gained a new self-confidence based on rapid economic growth in many respects. Kadakin recognized the capacity of the most successfully developing sectors of cooperation between Russia and India and the field of peaceful nuclear energy, and military-technical cooperation, space exploration, stressing that "in all fields of human activity, we have established excellent cooperation with India; She is one of our rare constant friends".
Alexander Mikhailovich Kadakin had lived an interesting and eventful life; he was an academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and was the author of several books and numerous articles. He was a recipient of the Order of Honour in 2009 and Order of Friendship in 2016. Also was a public figure – a member of Board of Trustees of the International Roerich Memorial Trust, whose main task was to preserve and develop the material heritage of the Roerich family in India and he was a Board member of the public organization “International Center of the Roerichs”. He was fluent in Hindi, English, Urdu, French and Romanian.
The event was widely covered by the media.