Friday, November 19, 2010

Indira Gandhi as a great leader & statesperson is remembered very fondly as envisaged & flashed by me on the f.b. on Nov.20,2010

Bishwa Nath Singh :
I still remember that when Indira Gandhi had passed away, I was away with a team in connection with inauguration a model village in interior of one of the District of Bihar and the same evening, I was scheduled to receive a team of trainees of I.A.S/I.P.S/I.F.S who were supposed to arrive to study nasal problems for a ...week. What a turbulent time I had when one of the probationers was manhandled by unruly crowds soon on their arrival when news of assassination of Indira Gandhi had spread like fire every where and the following very early morning I had to take him to Patna for his eye treatment. When I reached close to the Patna Medical College Hospital, I could see firing was going on, pelting of brick bats continued. Thanks God, we returned safely after getting eyes treated of that injured trainee but I still remember that I remained on complete fast for three days busy arranging milk and food to newly born children and sick families when curfew was clamped almost every where. Indira Gandhi was a very popular leader with full of passion & wisdom. Let me pay once again my floral tribute to her charismatic leadership on her Birth Anniversary! Though, she is no more with us but still, fragrance of her fondest love continues to remain in our memories.

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Bishwa Nath Singh:
Our Indian history has witnessed so far to only one female Prime Minister - Indira Gandhi and we are proud of her who was the third Prime Minister of India and the daughter of the first Prime Minister of India & one of the greatest statesme...n of the world of his time Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Her charm, intelligence, passion, charisma & wisdom lead her to be the most powerful statesperson. She used to be widely loved and admired by our countrymen at large. She was born on the 19th of November 1917, in Allahabad. She was greatly loved by her parents and her grandfather Motilal Nehru, who was a famous lawyer, and a public figure in his own right and a great freedom fighter of his time. Her father Pandit Nehru had joined the freedom struggle movement of our country to free our motherland from British colonial rule in pre-independence era, so little Indira or Priyadarshani as she was lovingly addressed, was exposed to politics from her early childhood right from the age of four years. Her house was the centre of political activity, as all the important leaders stayed there on visiting Allahabad. Mahatma Gandhi was a frequent visitor to her father's residence and she was greatly impressed and influenced by his thinking. Her visit to the Sabarmati Ashram left an indelible mark on her psyche and she was impressed by the simple, hard life and patriotic feelings that she had witnessed there and great love for Mahatma Gandhi. She had passed her Matriculation examination from Pune University and was then sent on to Shantiniketan founded by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore where she learnt and practiced to lead a very highly disciplined life. It was after her studies at Shantiniketan in Bolpur District of Bengal, she had gone on to study in Switzerland and then to Oxford University in London. After her return to India she married Feroze Gandhi, in March 1941 much against the wishes of the conservative Hindu community, as he was a Parsee. Mahatma Gandhi was on her side who had impressed her father Nehru to accept the reality When Pandit Nehru was in jail he used to write lovely long letters to hid daughter Indira about his patriotic feelings and the current political situation that existed that time which led Indira to understand the intricacies of the nation, better than the most. In 1942, she joined the 'Quit India' Movement along with her husband and was arrested and jailed. After India got freedom, Pandit Nehru was elected Prime Minister of our country. After his death in 1964, Lal Bahadur Shastri had taken over from interim Prime Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda. After her father's death in 1964 she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri's cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.[ The then Congress Party President K. Kamaraj was instrumental in making Indira Gandhi the Prime Minister after the sudden demise of Lal Bhadur Shastr at Tashkant of USSR.. Who had taken oath as the Prime Minister on the 24th of January 1966.Indira Gandhi soon showed an ability to win elections and outmaneuver opponents. She introduced more left-wing economic policies and promoted agricultural productivity. She led the nation as Prime Minister during the decisive victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan and creation of an independent BangladeshShe will be remembered for her commendable efforts in the development and progress of science, space technology, agriculture as well as her policies like the nationalization of banks and the 20-point program. Though, she had faced the enormity of the problems like problems in Assam, Punjab as well as East Bengal. On the 26th of June 1975, Mrs. Gandhi declared an emergency, due to the turbulent political situation in the country at that time. Janta Party leaders like J.P. Narayan were arrested and jailed. But Mrs. Gandhi lost out to them in the next election in 1977 and was re-elected to power in 1980. Later, in Punjab there was a demand for a separate state of Khalistan, and the Sikh were up in arms. But their demands were not met and this was the cause of her ultimate assassination on the 31st October 1984, while she was proceeding to her office on foot. She was gunned down by her own bodyguards and that day has gone down in our history as National Unity Day, as a tribute to the memory of that great lady having towering personality, mass leader and a real statesperson of the world. On her passing away, the whole nation mourned her death & bade farewell to her with moist eyes.Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to her lotus feet and offer our floral tribute to her great martyrdom!
November 20,2010.

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