Cong still believes in ideals of Nehru: Sonia

she said the four pillars of Nehruvianism — democratic institution-building, staunch secularism, socialist economics and a foreign policy of non-alignment — were integral to a vision of Indianness.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2014 1:10 am

Smarting under the crushing electoral defeat, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday said “staunch secularism” and “socialist economics” — espoused by Jawaharlal Nehru — remained at the core of the party’s beliefs even though these values are being “fundamentally challenged” by some in the “prevailing political climate”. She, however, said the Congress was not stuck in a “time-warp”.

Talking about Nehru’s values at a seminar to mark his 50th death anniversary, she said the four pillars of Nehruvianism — democratic institution-building, staunch secularism, socialist economics and a foreign policy of non-alignment — were integral to a vision of Indianness. “….That is fundamentally challenged by some in the prevailing political climate, but which remain at the core of our party’s beliefs.”

“I am not suggesting that the Indian National Congress is stuck in a time-warp and merely reiterating the conventional wisdom of fifty years ago. Rather, Nehru himself, as a man with an open and questioning mind, would have evolved with the times, even while remaining anchored to his core beliefs,” she said.

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    Indyadhanush
    May 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm
    Nehruvianism caused poverty and starvation for the last 65 years or so. Even Russia and china have discarded socialism.
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      Jun 2, 2014 at 4:05 am
      Democracy? Nehruvian Democracy? Madam it is a tall order for rs of your party.Punishingthe dissenters is not democracyAfter a humiliating defeat at the polls ofCongress party at the hands o the “mouthka Soudagar(?)’ one would expect that they learn some moral lessons. It issad and disappointing that the so called high commands disciplines and firesthe criiques of the semi-monarchical leaders like Sonia and Rahul. Congress ofyester years is needed for opposition unless it is replaced AAP which does notseem to be ready in a hurry. The congress before it became Congress I-Indirathere was healthy internal democracy. Now it is gone. Congress leaders openlydiffered even on important issues like cooperation with the British Governmentin Second World War, as C. Rajagopalchari did. Those days are gone with therule of sycophants and oligarchs
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