CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday described his late father Ranbir Singh as a man of great social and political values.
Speaking at a commemorative lecture on Chaudhary Ranbir Singh’s contribution to legislative reforms organised by the Chandigarh Press Club here, Mr. Hooda said his father had “such far-sightedness that what he conceived for ushering in prosperity in Haryana and the country years ago was implemented later on and the credit for the same was taken by others for their political gains”.
The Chief Minister read out extensively from the speeches of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh which he delivered more than a half-century ago as a member of the Constituent Assembly of India to highlight his concern for development of the State and the country.
He said Chaudhary Ranbir Singh had conceived the idea of Kishau and Renuka dams in 1948. He had also conceived a separate State of Haryana way back in 1948 to ensure rapid development of the area with old Delhi as the capital of the new State.
“Chaudhary Ranbir Singh used to strongly advocate the cause of welfare of farmers, the poor and backward sections of society and was the first to raise his voice for fixation of a minimum support price for agricultural produce in the Constituent Assembly on November 23, 1948,” said Mr. Hooda.
The Chief Minister said he was highly appreciative of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh because besides being a perfect father he was also a great freedom fighter and a true Gandhian. He added that he had given up his long-ingrained habit of smoking on the insistence of his father who categorically told him to stop smoking otherwise he would start a satyagraha!
Earlier, noted historian K. C. Yadav said it was surprising that in the days of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh, when the area was deficit in all necessities of life, the people witnessed renaissance and political awareness and participated in the freedom movement.
Dr. Yadav said when the first draft of the Constitution was prepared, there was no mention of villages, farmers and freedom struggle of the country.
He said he was surprised to read the first speech of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh made on November 4, 1948, which he delivered like an ace statesman suggesting that a “Raj Bhasha” (National Language) be decided so that people started learning it. Chaudhary Ranbir Singh also said that in case they ignored villages, the country would be left behind.