The October edition of the one-year-long celebration of the victory over fascism in World War II was organized at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum. As part of this celebration, the RCSC organized a talk on “Soviet Victory in World War II and its Significance in the Formation of the United Nations”.
Dr, P. Anil Kumar, Assistant Professor and Head of the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science of the Panampilly Memorial Government College, Chalakkudy, delivered the special lecture on the subject.
In his address, Dr. Anil Kumar described the disastrous fallout of the war and the post-war role of the Soviet Union in creating a peaceful world order. His key argument was that the Soviet Union’s strategic positions reflected in multi-polar world order. He argued that the Soviet Union was not interested in changing the strategic power equations and balance of power system in the post-World War politics. He also cited that the Soviet Union’s entry into the war basically changed the character of the war itself. Soviet policies during that period and later were concentrated on defense and showed great self-assurance. Dr. Anil Kumar also asserted that the Soviet strategy of bringing Veto power in the United Nations played a key role in countering hegemonic positions in the world order. The Soviets believed strongly in the Veto power and insisted that it would be part of the UN Security Council. They voiced this option for the Veto power for both the Security Council and General Assembly. The Soviet Representative to the UN in 1950 Andrei Y. Vishinsky declared that “the Veto power is the paramount principle which constitutes the cornerstone of the United Nations”. The Soviet Union and its support for the Third World against imperialism often created and sparked the debate on the unequal distribution of global wealth. Dr. Anil Kumar stressed that all efforts of the Soviet Union were focussed on mainly for a stable egalitarian society, and he also narrated that the United Nations become a functional reality only because of the strategies of the Soviet Union. He concluded the lecture by stating that the hegemonic positions in international politics can only be challenged through the help of the Soviet Union. This is so particularly because the emerging power centers are having better ties with Russia than any other major powers.
Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the RCSC in Trivandrum Mr. Raatheesh C. Nair welcomed the Chief Guest and participants.