Sunday, July 8, 2012

Marshal Georgy Zhukov - quote

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896-1974), was the Russian Marshal of the Soviet Union. He was also, a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played a pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the occupation of the Axis Powers, and ultimately, to conquer the capital of Germany itself, Berlin. He is the most decorated general officer in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia.

He is representative of the thesis, that Porus didn't lose at the battle of Hydaspes, but most important is that according to him, ancient Macedonians were Greeks. It can be seen from following quote:

"Until the campaigns of Alexander, there was no large scale Greek presence in India though a few Greek colonies did exist in the northwestern regions of the subcontinent. Following his failure to gain a position in India and the defeat of his successor Seleucus Nikator, relationships between the Indians and the Greeks and the Romans later, was mainly through trade and diplomacy. Also the Greeks and other ancient peoples did not see themselves as in any way superior, only different."

(Marshal G. Zhukov, in his convocation address delivered at the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun)


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