Russia celebrates 70th anniversary of Stalingrad

[TamilNet, Monday, 04 February 2013, 02:57 GMT]
Russians commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the bloodiest battles waged during World War II, on Saturday. Stalingrad, later named as Volgograd in 1961 under Khrushchev, marked the decisive turning point on the Eastern Front of the War since Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. With over a million civilian and military casualties, the Soviets were able to repulse the Nazi invasion in February 1943 and push forward right into Berlin. While Russians have an obligation to celebrate the monumental event, which is also held in high regard by progressives world over, what moral right does the Russian government, that practices oppression of nations in its territory and extends political and military support to genocidal regimes like Sri Lanka, have to do the same, asks an Eezham Tamil Marxist.

Overall Soviet casualties in World War II are estimated to be over 20 million, making the former Soviet Union the worst affected region of the War.

The founders of the Soviet Union, especially Lenin, elucidated the idea of the right of nations to self-determination in conceptually clear terms, that is, as a right to political separation. Other leaders also tried to provide a secular formulation of the idea of nation on the basis of a common language, shared history, territoriality, and culture.

However, as far as oppressed nations were concerned, the later Soviet Union and the socialist countries that followed also became part of the establishments in denying them their right to political separation. Several nations broke away from the former Soviet Union to form nation-states of their own and Russia still continues to oppress nations like the Chechens.

While the Nazi military offensives constituted the worst acts of genocide in the 20th Century, Sri Lanka’s war on the Eezham Tamil nation was the worst act of genocide in the 21st.

Yet, Russia, which bore the brunt of Nazi military atrocities during invasion, now has no moral qualms in officially extending official diplomatic, political and military support to the genocidal Sri Lankan state.

Even the right to remember the fallen heroes of the Eezham Tamil resistance or to mourn the dead of Sri Lanka’s genocidal war is denied to the Eezham Tamil nation.

What image is the government of Russia, that celebrates the occasion of the Battle of Stalingrad as an event of Russian resistance, but supports governments that use genocide to crush resistance movements in the territories they dominate, trying to give to the world, the Eezham Tamil Marxist further questioned.


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