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INC reaffirms its commitment to Nehruvian principles

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The Indian National Congress (INC) yesterday organised a seminar on “Renewing India’s Commitment to Jawaharlal Nehru’s Vision” to mark the 50th death anniversary of the first Prime Minister.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia Prof Mushirul Hassan and former diplomat Chinmay Garekhan addressed the seminar, which had members of the INC, academics, journalists and intellectuals participating in it.

Addressing the participants, Sonia Gandhi enunciated the four pillars of Nehruvianism as democracy, secularism, socialism and non-alignment, and underlined that these indeed would remain the guiding principles of the INC. These principles, Gandhi said, formed the core of Indian nationhood, and the INC would do everything to defend and uphold them.

In his address, said that he considered Nehru one of his political gurus, apart from Mahatma Gandhi. Panditji’s capacity to reach out to every individual, cutting across all social and economic divisions, were worth emulating by any politician, he said. The first prime minister’s conception of recognising every individual as an universe in himself and then bringing them together on the basis of compassion, lay at the base of the Idea of India, and this emerged as a prominent take away at the seminar.

Prof Hassan presented a detailed insight into Nehru’s contribution to every sphere of the ‘making of India’ and created the ‘idea of India’, in the constituent assembly in its Objectives Resolution. Garekhan presented a critical analysis of Nehru’s contribution to the shaping of India’s foreign policy.

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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