25 July 201709:42

Alexander Kadakin Memorial Plaque Inauguration ceremony on Alexander M. Kadakin Marg in New Delhi

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On July 22, 2017, Alexander Kadakin Memorial Plaque Inauguration Ceremony took place on Alexander M. Kadakin Marg, named after the late Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India. The function was timed to the birthday of the outstanding Russian diplomat, who passed away in New Delhi on January 26, 2017. Prominent Indian diplomats, public figures and politicians, international friendship societies’ activists, representatives of the Russian diplomatic mission and companies in India as well as other compatriots attended the solemn ceremony.

This momentous occasion saw as the guests of honour Professor Lokesh Chandra, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Mr Ronen Sen, a reputed diplomat, former Ambassador of India to Russia, Mr T.P. Hassan, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Hyderabad, Major Dalbir Singh, Head of the Public Relations and Information Department of the All India Congress Committee, and others.

 “Today we are paying profound tribute to our colleague, an outstanding diplomat Alexander Kadakin, who had dedicated a large part of his professional life to strengthening friendship and partnership between Russia and India”, said Mr G.V. Srinivas, Joint Secretary (ERS), Ministry of External Affairs of India. “We are convinced that his efforts in this field will find continuation for the benefit of further development of the special and privileged strategic partnership between our countries”, he added.

Mr S.Kulkarni, Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai and a renowned public figure, observed: “Selfless labour of Alexander Kadakin is a perfect example of serving one’s people. He will be remembered as a great and genuine friend of our country by everyone who knew him here, including thousands of common Indians”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to name a New Delhi street after Alexander Kadakin, who made a great contribution to strengthening and developing relations between Russia and India, during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg on June 1, 2017.

Alexander M. Kadakin, a professional Indologist, had dedicated almost 30 years of his 45 year long diplomatic career to working in India, while travelling his path from an intern to twice the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India. It is thus symbolic that he passed away on January 26, 2017, when India celebrates its national holiday, the Republic Day. In his condolence message on that day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a high appraisal of Alexander Kadakin’s professional skills, including his impeccable command of the Hindi language, and of his role in strengthening ties between Russia and India in all spheres.

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