Glowing tributes were paid to H. E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to India who passed away on January 26, at a solemn ceremony organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Centre (RCSC) in New Delhi on February 13 2017. The function was attended by former diplomats, academics, teachers, students, artists, Russian compatriots and others.
The programme, held within the framework of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India, comprised two Photo Exhibitions: “70 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India: Stability, Aimed at Future” and “Remembering a Diplomat Par Excellence-Alexander Kadakin”. The photo exhibition on Ambassador Kadakin was displayed under two categories—one on his participation in official events in the RCSCs across the country, and the other on memorable meetings with celebrities and dignitaries in different walks of life.
Important persons, who paid their rich tributes on the occasion, included former Ambassador Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar, President, Institute of Global Studies, Major Dalbir Singh, Prominent politician and public figure, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar, President, Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (INDAPRYAL), and Mr. Sergei Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, rightly described Ambassador Kadakin as a simple, unassuming personality who strived hard to materialise strong, steady and permanent friendly relations between Russia and India.
In an objective but touching analysis on diplomatic colleague Alexander Kadakin, Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, noted that Sasha, as he was popularly known among close circles, was a wonderful human being more than an outstanding diplomat. He not only maintained bilateral relations with India with enormous skill, but also managed his staff with immense tact, said Mr. Sajjanhar. Recalling his old association with Ambassador Kadakin during his assignment in Moscow, Mr. Sajjanhar referred to the intensive interest taken by him on India, which he treated as his Karmabhoomi while Russia remained his Janmabhoomi.
In an emotional recollection on Ambassador Kadakin, Major Dalbir Singh narrated that India was very close to his heart and mind, and with whose departure a great vacuum has been created which is not so easy to fill up. A multi-dimensional personality, Ambassador Kadakin’s monumental performance as an envoy to bring India and Russia closer more than ever would go down in the chronicle of Indo-Russian relationship, Major Dalbir Singh said. Recounting the unique style in the performance of duties of Ambassador Kadakin, Mr. Sergei Karmalito described the former as an ideal friend, philosopher and guide. He used to mark the great occasions of both countries with perfect sense and sensibility, and the latest being the marking of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Russian-Indian diplomatic relations. Mr. Karmalito noted, adding that a Memorial Museum in his name has been set up in the Russian Embassy. He also referred to the Russian Foreign Minister’s painful note on the tragic departure of two Russian envoys, one in Turkey and the other in India.
Gratefully acknowledging the yeoman services rendered by Ambassador Kadakin in the effective promotion of Russian language studies in India, Prof. Ramadhikari Kumar pinpointed the worthwhile official, diplomatic and personal care, interest, initiative in this direction taken by him for decades, which would be remembered by generations of Indian student community. Imbibing closely Indian history, culture and tradition, Ambassador Kadakin withstood all difficulties and work hard for strengthening Indo-Russian relations, Prof. Kumar concluded.