Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a commemorative 100 rupee coin in the honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia. One of the founder members of BJP, Vijaya Raje Scindia is popularly known as the Rajmata of Gwalior.
Paying tribute to the leader, Modi said, the life and work of Rajmata Scindia was always connected to the aspirations of the poor and her life was all about Jan Seva. He said, she was one of the personalities who gave direction to India in the last century and witnessed every important phase of Indian politics.
The Prime Minister said, Rajmata Scindia dedicated her life for the future of the nation and renounced all her happiness for the future generations of the country. He said, her life exemplifies that love for the nation and a democratic temperament is all that is needed for serving others.
Enumerating a series of progressive reforms and developments in the country, Modi said, Rajmata Scindia would have been happy to see these positive changes.
The programme was attended by Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel and close relatives of Rajmata Scindia’s family.
Prime Minister said: “A secure, safe and prosperous Bharat was Rajmata’s dream. We will realise this dream with a self-reliant India.”
Vijaya Raje Scindia was “a witness to India’s key political events from independence struggle to decades after the country’s independence”, PM Modi said. “In the last 60 years, Rajmata Scindia was one of the key political figures who showed the direction. She was a decisive leader and an able administrator. From burning of foreign clothes before the independence to Ram Mandir Andolan, her experience had been vast,” he stressed.
“It’s so wonderful that the Ramjanmabhoomi that she struggled for, that dream too has been realised in the year that marks her birth centenary,” PM Modi said at a virtual ceremony held to release the commemorative coin.
“She proved that service of public (Jan Satta) is more important than holding on to power (Raj Satta). She was a royal yet she spent important years of her life in prison. During Emergency, she wrote a letter to her daughters,” PM Modi shared.
Recalling the contents of the letter, the Prime Minister said she gave a key lesson that the “future generations should be able to draw an inspiration as we make sacrifices while dealing with our current struggles”.
“For the future generations, she had let go of all her comforts. For position or repute, she never chose political power over ideology,” PM Modi shared.
Earlier this year, Vijaye Raje Scindia’s grandson – Jyotiraditya Scindia – had ended his decades long association with the Indian National Congress(INC) to join the BJP.
BJP MLA Yashodhara Raje- Vijay Raje Scindia’s daughter and Jyotiraditya Scindia’s aunt – had praised Mr Scindia for a step “taken in (the) national interest” and called it a “ghar wapsi (homecoming)”. “This is ghar wapsi (home-coming). The way he has been welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah shows their respect towards Rajmata (Vijaya Raje Scindia),” she had told reporters.