New Delhi, May 14: Receiving the first copy of ‘India’s Indira: A Centennial Tribute’ President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday Paying a tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said that Fearlessness in action and boldness in decision-making was the unique hallmark of Indiraji’s character.
Vice President Hamid Ansari released the book ‘India’s Indira: A Centennial Tribute’ at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library at Teenmurti House, New Delhi. For this occasion many Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
President while talking on the occasion recalled the bold decisions taken by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi regards to concern about the nation, especially to cleanse Golden Temple of militants, which he termed as the ‘most dangerous’.
Adding a point in the speech, the President said “Indira entire life was infused with a tremendous passion for India and its people, and a deep-rooted commitment to our core values. She was filled with an intense desire to see India rise above poverty and deprivation as well as occupy a rightful place on the high table of the international comity. Her life was a saga of courage and conviction”.
According to President, Indira Gandhi strove to successfully transcend divisive identities of caste, community, religion and creed and in the process established a direct connects with people throughout the length and breadth of India. He even added that Indira waged throughout her life a relentless war against communal and sectarian violence.
“It was this unhindered rapport that made her acceptable from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Mizoram to Dwarka. She had only one identity that of an Indian” said, President.
President pointed that Gandhi’s response to the worst moments in her political life was to push her into more action. She remained undaunted in the face of attacks and criticism. She never lost courage.
Pranab Mukherjee served as a Congress leader before elected as a President. He said if the Congress Party came back into power within a short period of three years, it was because of Gandhi’s hard work and determined action. Her short period in political wilderness revealed her true strength.
President also informed that Indira served as a second longest Prime Minister for continue 11 years and two months from 1966 to 1977 and then again won the election for four years and eight months.
President thanked Indira for the third largest reservoir of skilled scientific and technical manpower, the fifth military power, the sixth member of the nuclear club, the seventh in the race for space and the tenth industrial power and said this all was possible at the time of Indira’s era.