I learnt about India, its culture, values from Indira Gandhi: Sonia Gandhi

The Congress President and vice-president Rahul Gandhi today paid tributes to Indira Gandhi

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 9:01 pm
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Indira Gandhi was not a figure of history for me, she was my mother in law, lived under the same roof, shared joys and sorrows,” said Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Indira Gandhi’s 100th Birth Anniversary in New Delhi on Saturday. “It is from her that I learnt about India, its culture, values. It is from her from where I imbibed my earliest political lessons,” added Gandhi.  Delivering an emotional speech, the Congress president recalled Indira Gandhi’s contribution to the country. ‘She was a remarkable woman, the like of whom the country has never seen since. But she was much more than that,” she said.

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“It was in my arms that she drew her last breath. Indira Gandhi was a remarkable woman, the like of whom this country has not seen since, but she was much more than that. She led our nation through tumultuous battles of 60’s, 70’s, never faltering in her dedication to the masses who gave her their complete trust. She faced economic crisis and prevailed, she managed the greatest refugee crisis in history, she refused to compromise on India’s noble humanitarian traditions,” Sonia said.

Hailing Indira as a rare figure who shaped India’s destiny, Sonia added that she was a child of India’s freedom struggle itself and a witness to the birth of this nation and of the idea that is India. “Some dismissed her as weak and incapable, others called her a tyrant but with the trust of her countrymen painstakingly won and with her dedication to the cause she went on to serve her people, sacrificing her life,” she added

President Pranab Mukherjee, who was also present at the event, said Indira Gandhi played a major role in shaping our country’s role  and destiny during a critical period in history. “Indira Gandhi was a crusader for global peace, a just economic order and disarmament.”

The Congress President and vice-president Rahul Gandhi today paid tributes to Indira Gandhi. In a statement to ANI earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi said, “I would need a couple of rebirths to tell the whole story of Indira Gandhi.” Rahul gandhi in a tweet had said, “Remembering Indiraji: a warrior, a revolutionary, a woman of conviction, compassion & sacrifice. My grandmother, my friend, my ever guiding light.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Archna
    Nov 20, 2016 at 3:50 am
    Yes both mother /son and daughter trio learnt lot from Indira hi likelt;br/gt;Corruption both power and money / create atmosphere of deciet / allow flourishing of beauracratic corruption / crocodile tears/ use vote and note bank politics , to gain sympathy kill people first and then show fake empathy , appease minorities at the cost of majority to get votes. Make sure poor remain poor only so that they will get votes after throwing alms on them.lt;br/gt;Not to hesitate bathing in blood of people or making power castle in carces of common man
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 19, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      It is so funny to see these people sitting on those round pillow like supports. Either sit on the floor as per Indian tradition or on chairs. This in between thingi is hillarous and must have been made to order
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        Pehelwan
        Nov 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm
        As if Indira herself had any culture. She was a product of Pandit brahmin and sister is Sheik Abdulla. Look if you can find any facial differences between Rajiv hi and Omar Abdulla.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And an Italian b.yatch says what?
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          IML sood
          Nov 19, 2016 at 6:21 pm
          No surprise,very simple, she is the sole beneficiary of huge Nehru hi looted wealth and how could she look towards any one or can learn from others in this country except her mother in law.Her pay back time.
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            Jiho Junket
            Nov 19, 2016 at 11:34 pm
            And so the question, "How are you more qualified to lead a billion people" who do not have to learn about India from someone else. The one billion are made of the sacred dust from plains,mountains,rivers of this land. They dont have to learn about India, "They ARE India".
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              MyTake
              Nov 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm
              India's greatest mistake has been bringing licence Raj into leadership from one lineage! When God creates human equal, Congress thinks it otherwise! In the process Congress uses everything under the sun to bash the majority in order to become the only priest under the sun! There are no dearth b o o t l I c k e r s and that according to Congress gives them the "legitimacy"! Even corruption and terrorism is not spared to take on the aspirations of the common people! Shame on this anti-human mindset!
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                MyTake
                Nov 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm
                Why people need to hear the family story on national platform? Let the work speak for itself! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yes, Indira hi did some good work but one should not milk that eternally for survival - one has to make ones own mark in history!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Everybody learns something everyone else and that is why it is called Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam but that does not mean one has to stray away from human values, creating vote bank politics, specially when there are one billion people (not only vote banks) looking from leadership!
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                  So go to her Sonia, who is stopping you? Go to your Indira and your Rajiv , we don't need you
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                    Abu
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:57 am
                    She doesn't learn anything from rajeve hi?
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                      amit
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                      Nothing, Except keeping the pallu
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                        ashok s
                        Nov 20, 2016 at 4:03 am
                        One thing she didn't learn is how to groom rahul baba
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                          Ashutosh
                          Nov 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm
                          एक व्यक्ति 350 सांसद होने के बावजूद - देश के सामने हाथ जोड़कर समर्थन माँग रहा है ...... किस बात के लिये ?????? देश से काले धन की व्यवस्था खत्म करने के लिये !!!! विश्व भर में घूम-घूम कर भारतवंशियों से ायता माँग रहा है ! 20 घँटे काम कर रहा है ...... होली , दीपावली , ईद सैनिकों के बीच मना रहा है, 3 साल से हर रविवार आपकी छोटी - छोटी बातो पर मन की बात कर रहा है ! जिसकी माँ 8×10 के कमरे में रहती है और भाई किराना की दुकान चलता हो , क्या चाहते हैं आप?? किस पैगम्बर की तलाश है?? एक बात जान लीजिये यदि मोदी जी आंतकवाद , काला धन , भरष्टाचार नही खत्म कर पाये तो कोई माई का लाल कर भी नही पायेगा , वहीँ जंतर मन्तर पर कैंडिल लेके चक्कर काटोगे ..... ..... नजरो का फर्क है साहब देश की गरीब जनता नोट बदलने के लिए नही देश बदलने के लिए लाईन में खडी है .....
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                            Bhagavath B S
                            Nov 20, 2016 at 3:58 am
                            She must tell who killed Indira, Rajiv,Sanjay,pilot,madhavrao sidhya,balayogi,?she learned the art of looting from india and looted heavily,now sitting idle and making planing for next mive looting.
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                              Nampurath Krishna
                              Nov 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm
                              And "corruption being universal phenomenon" that too Italian Madam would have learnt from her and joined the bandwagon with UPA - II back seat driving facilitated and enjo the fruits of Rs. 60,000 crore CWG scam, Rs. 1,78,000 crores 2G scam, Rs. 1,98,000 crores Coalgate scam and many many more it appears. And hence the stage show opposing the drive against black money, demonetisation etc.
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                                shekhar
                                Nov 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                                And no cogresswala had gut to stand up to her.shame on all congressman who are still sticks their toung out.
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                                  Aditya
                                  Nov 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                                  But where madam has learnt corruption? Definitely not Indira hi but from a Bofors middle man .
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                                    Dev Verma
                                    Nov 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm
                                    I am bit scared whether sanjay,Indira and Rajiv was inated or planned murders.
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                                      Dev Verma
                                      Nov 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                                      I am delighted you learned india from Indira hi and did you learned how to steal and does scams from her or its your birth invention.
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                                        Dr Kanayalal
                                        Nov 19, 2016 at 1:10 pm
                                        ndira hi’s long journey as First lady, isting her father and interacting at the highest levels started in 1947. This allowed her to understand internal and external realities of India first-hand and gave her an opportunity to get to know emerging world leaders who were broaching the idea of Non-Alignment in the face of the existing power blocks.lt;br/gt;In 1959, she took leadership of the Congress Party. Upon her father’s death in 1964,lt;br/gt;Lal Bahadur Shastri was appointed as the Prime Minister of India and Indira hi was given the post of Minister of Information and Broadcasting, which she held till 1973. However the death of Prime Minister Shastri in 1964, resulted in her becoming the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress Party and by consutional provision, the Prime Minister, in that year itself. Thus she became the first woman to occupy such an important post, within merely nineteen years of independence.lt;br/gt;She exercised office as President of the Congress and Prime Minister of India forlt;br/gt;fifteen years, from 19th January 1966 to 24th March 1977 and for a second term fromlt;br/gt;14th January 1980 to 31st October 1984, the day on which she was inated by her Sikh security guards.
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                                          Rajkumar N
                                          Nov 20, 2016 at 6:02 am
                                          its like saying "i learned German Culture, Hospitality,Love,Justice from Adolf Hitler.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;LOL She trying to cheat Indian public.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;the biggest contribution to India by congi family is corruption.
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                                            Harish
                                            Nov 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                                            അപ്പോൾ കുറ്റം പറയാൻ പറ്റില്ല ഇങ്ങനെ ആയിപ്പോയതിൽ!
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