On July 5, 2018, the Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi hosted the inauguration of the photo documentary exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, which was a turning point in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The event was organized as part of the work of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in India aimed at reporting objective information about the role of our country in the victory over fascism, as well as preventing the glorification of Nazism and the propagation of neo-Nazism.
The exhibition was provided by the Federal State Budget Institution of Culture "The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War". The exposition includes photographs of arms, uniforms and equipment of the warring parties, personal documents of the battle participants, reward certificates, propaganda leaflets and posters, newspapers of those days, maps and combat plans and much more.
Leaders and activists of the International BRICS Forum, members of the International Federation of Indian-Russian Youth Clubs, pupils of Delhi schools and their teachers and representatives of the media came to RCSC this evening to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Great Patriotic War. The main guests of the evening were: Major Dalbir Singh, Co-President of the International Organization "Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia" and Mr. Vimal Mehta, President of the Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists.
At the opening of the exhibition, Vasily Shagap, chief-coordinator of the RCSC, made a presentation on the preparation, progress and outcome of the Battle of Kursk, as well as on the important role of the Soviet Union in the Second World War.
Addressing the audience, Major Dalbir Singh stressed that the RCSC is doing a very important job of preserving and delivering objective information about the role of the Soviet Union in the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition in World War II, as in the West today its contribution is deliberately underestimated. "As a former participant in the military operations in India, I understand very well what the people fighting for their Motherland have to go through, and how important it is for the young generation to remember and appreciate their heroic deeds, as they do in Russia",- concluded Major Dalbir Singh.
In his speech, Vimal Mehta said that Battle of Kursk was one of the most grandiose, fierce, and bloody battles of the Second World War, during which one of the largest tank battles in history took place. Mr. Mehta also added that his country used the experience of the Soviet Union during the Second Indo-Pakistani war to win in battles with Pakistani tank divisions of superior size and equipment.
The evening ended with the screening of Yuri Ozerov's feature film "Liberation: The Fire Bulge".