New Delhi, Nov 14 : Asserting that the four pillars of Nehruvianism, including Democratic institution-building, staunch secularism and socialist economics, remained at the core of its identity, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, however, charged the present Government of lacking ‘the capacity, the vision and the wisdom to uphold this legacy’.
Delivering her inaugural speech at the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture 2019, Mrs Gandhi said,’’on August 15, 1947, even as he was confronted with challenges that would have crippled the very best of us, Nehru, chose instead to put his faith in a democratic system which treated all citizens as equal and trusted the collective wisdom of their electoral choices.
Rather than compromise on this commitment, he would go on to launch India on a remarkable experiment in democracy. That was his own tryst with destiny. In doing so, he not only etched an eternal mark in the history of our nation, but in his time went on to consolidate India’s democracy and entrench the foundational values of our polity, values to which we are still proud to lay claim.
They can be summarised as the four pillars of Nehruvianism: democratic institution building, staunch secularism, socialist economics and a non-aligned foreign policy. These were integral to his vision of India. Today, this vision is fundamentally under attack, but it remains at the core of the true India that we must continue to fight for. It is lamentable that those who are in power today are blind to this truth. They lack the capacity, the vision and the wisdom to uphold this legacy.’’
Speaking at the function, where veteran Congress leader Karan Singh was also present, Mrs Gandhi lamented that in today’s times, it has become fashionable to decry Nehru’s contributions.
’’The forces unleashed by our present rulers want to dictate to us what we can do, say or think. Their idea of unity is uniformity. They disrespect and fear diversity which means they deny our pluralism, our freedom of choice, which are integral to our fundamental rights. Their language may be modern, but they seek to take India backward, not forward. For after all, they made no sacrifices to shape India’s destiny.
It falls on each and every one of us to pull away this hypocrisy and reveal the darkness lurking beneath. We must unite and speak up against bigotry, injustice and mismanagement of the last six years not just for ourselves, but for the millions of our fellow brothers and sisters who continue to suffer.’’ (UNI)