Leaders say difficult to think of the country without Nehru-Gandhi family
BANGALORE: The contribution of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was recalled on his 45th death anniversary here on Wednesday. The function was organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).
Paying tributes to the Nehru-Gandhi family, the leaders said one could not think of the country without remembering their sacrifice.
Recalling his association with Nehru, the former Union Minister of State for Planning M.V. Rajasekharan said the former Prime Minister was a man of humility and adopted a humane approach to every issue.
He did not hurt anybody, and even helped those whom he had to drop from the Ministry.
Giving an example, he said Nehru requested S. Nijalingappa to appoint Srimali, who was dropped from the Union Ministry as Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University.
Mr. Rajasekharan said it was during Nehru’s stewardship that the foundation was laid for the Non-Aligned Movement, and stress was given to food security, development of atomic energy, and science and technology.
Former Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash recalled the work of Nehru in establishing and strengthening democratic institutions in the country. Those were the days of titans such as Subhash Chandra Bose, Babu Rajendra Prasad, C. Rajagopalachari, B.R. Ambedkar, and above all Gandhiji and he (Nehru) maintained cordial relations with all of them, Mr. Rajasekharan added.
KPCC working president D.K. Shivakumar spoke.
B.L. Shankar, Rani Satish, T.V. Maruthi, M. Ramachandrappa and C. Narayanappa attended the function.