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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    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
      1. P
        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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