Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has complimented Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her sacrifices that marked her public life and her courage and commitment that inspired the people and carried the party back to the helm of Indias polity.
This came in his message in a special souvenir Priyadarshini-2009 with the theme of A successful decade of Smt. Sonia Gandhi as Congress President,published by the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC).
Released by Sonia on Saturday on the eve of International Womens Day,the 260-page souvenir is packed with advertisements,including many by Congress-ruled Delhi,Haryana and Assam and also by Government of India enterprise Pawan Hans Helicopters. AIMC sources,however,said they were issued before the code of conduct came into effect early this week.
Singh in his message said the publication of the souvenir was a small token of gratitude and admiration for what Sonia had done for the party and the nation. The manner in which she overcame great personal tragedy and grief and unselfishly entered the service of the party showed her courage and her commitment to the cause of the people. This courage and commitment has inspired us for the last decade and carried the Congress party back to the helm of Indias polity, he said.
Smt Gandhis public life is marked by the sacrifices she has chosen to make in her personal life and the determination with which she has overcome every adversity, he said,adding that it was her vision that helped forge the United Progressive Alliance and a Government committed to secularism,social equity and justice.
Sonia said in her message that she always believed that women brought special qualities to public life and to the development and growth of the society at large as passionate advocates for peace and conciliation,as guardians and nurturers of family values and traditions,as educators and innovators who are not afraid of new ideas,and as effective agents of social reform.
With all these strengths,it would be no exaggeration to say that Indias achievements in the past decade would not have been possible without womens contributions,just as the fulfilment of our dreams and hopes for the future will depend largely on womens participation, she said.