With opposition parties constantly berating the UPA government for its perceived or alleged acts of omissions and commissions,Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday questioned their own credentials in nation building even as she bemoaned the lack of acknowledgement of her partys contributions by the youth who have been hitting the streets in protests once too often of late.
It pains me when I hear young people complain about the state of our country even after 66 years of our Independence. It seems we have not been able to communicate the great transformation that has taken place. I am aware that much still needs to be done and that young people have very high expectations. Yet,how can anyone deny the tremendous achievements that our country has made? she asked while addressing an alumni meet of the NSUI here on Monday.
Asserting that the Congress worked hard and devoted itself to improving the lives of people,she exhorted NSUI activists to communicate the achievements to the people: That is why I want to stress your responsibility in actively educating your fellow students about the tremendous effort that has gone into nation building.
Why should we allow our opponents to get away with propagating negative impressions? You should ask them what have you or your party done to change things in our country? I have no doubt that they have no credible answer, said the Congress president.
Listing the achievements since Independence,she said democratic institutions have been set up,strengthened,and sustained,and lakhs of tribals and Dalits have been empowered through reservation.
Indias growth and role in the global economy is recognised today throughout the world because of the policies of successive Congress governments and of Congress-led UPA ones, she said,adding how the poor could own a small piece of land thanks to land reforms carried out during the Prime Ministership of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
Millions of men and women have found employment thanks to the steel plants,the power plants and the dams built in Nehrus time. He used to refer to them as the temples of modern India, she said.