She declared, ‘every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation’; indeed it did: Sonia on Indira Gandhi

"All the more so at a time when, in the quest for shortcuts to greatness, we find leaders willing to undermine the very foundations of our national character," said Sonia Gandhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 9:39 pm
sonia gandhi, indira gandhi, sonia gandhi indira gandhi,  Indira Gandhi centenary lecture, india news, indian express New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi speaks during the Indira Gandhi Centennial Lecture, organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI11_19_2016_000257A)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday in her welcome address at the Indira Gandhi centenary lecture, said she learnt from her mother-in-law about India, its culture and values, as also her earliest political lessons. She hailed the sacrifice of Indira Gandhi in preserving a united, diverse and an egalitarian India but said in the quest for shortcuts to greatness certain leaders are willing to undermine the very foundations of its national character.

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* Indira Gandhi was not a figure of history for me she was my mother-in-law, we lived under the same roof, shared joys and sorrows. It is from her that I learnt about India, its culture and its values. It is from her also I imbibed my earlier political lessons.

* 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.

* 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 saw an India that would not follow blindly a path led by the west. She saw it crafting its own future guided by its democratic and cultural ideals. This made her mission doubly challenging, but Indira was not a woman daunted by challenge.

* On the eve of her martyrdom, she declared, I quote, “every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation.” And indeed it did. Her sacrifice in preserving a united, diverse, egalitarian India will be remembered. All the more so at a time when, in the quest for shortcuts to greatness, we find leaders willing to undermine the very foundations of our national character.

* Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was one of those rare figures who shaped the destiny of her land. She was not just the daughter of one of the great statesmen of our age, Jawaharlal Nehru but a child of India’s freedom struggle itself, a witness to the birth of this nation and of the idea that is India. To her this idea was not a philosophical proposition laid down by her father, but a living experience as she travelled the length and breadth of this country, listening to the hearts of its men and women and giving them a voice.

* Friends, few human beings enjoy the privilege of shaping the history and altering the geopolitics of a sub-continent. Indira Gandhi did so. Few have been called upon to make the supreme sacrifice in the cause for which they have lived. Indira Gandhi did so.

* She had a vision for India in the world of the twenty-first century, but it was not a soulless vision that came at the cost of our pluralist diversity. She saw an India that would not follow blindly the path laid by the West. She saw it crafting its own future guided by its democratic and cultural ideals. Where others failed, she wanted India to show the world the way. It made her mission doubly challenging, but Indira Gandhi was not a woman daunted by challenge.

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    IML sood
    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm
    Carry on,pay back time towards Nehru hi from their slaves though a few in numbers has come.After all they are the beneficiaries of the looted wealth of this country by Nehru hi clan for 70 years.
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      MyTake
      Nov 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm
      If anything the later day hians and their chamchas are the 1) Shoot and scoot Historians and 2) Cut and Paste painters contributing to India's defaced history! They feel it shameful to acknowledge India's true legacy and failed to integrate/build upon it, thus separated the heart from its life, putting it on ventilators for t h u g support, while milking it at the same time!
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        MyTake
        Nov 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm
        Yes, it did invigorate the nation. But the deeds of the later days "saints" in Congress has stained it all! It is said one sixth of sin of leaders are shared by people, what to speak of the share of those leaders who are in the same lineage!
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          Rathna LK
          Nov 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm
          I am proud iam a citizen of this country where a great woman like Smt Indira hi was born.One great leader speaking of another legendary and powerful leader.
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            anand
            Nov 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm
            She is singularly responsible for creating Congress syndicate which looted more than all the invaders for 1000 years! What a glory!!
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            Babu dayanand
            Nov 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm
            Indira hi was brave woman, no doubt. Her ego has hurt the country. Economic policies should have changef when Subramanian Swamy wtote that book on what should be done to spur growth and got sacked as IIT professor.
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              Pawar RS
              Nov 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm
              Boolll Sheet !!!!!!!!!
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                D.Dash
                Nov 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm
                hi family is responsible for Lal Bahadur Shastri murder....
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