What has Congress done?
All the parties have contributed to the progress of the country in their times, but some people are asking an absurd question
I vividly remember an anecdote from Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s days. When he came to power, he found that Nehruji's photograph in the corridor of Parliament was missing. He immediately asked who removed the photograph. Nobody took responsibility, but the next day the photo was back in its place. When Nehruji was the Prime Minister, he used to give every opportunity to Atalji to speak though the latter was in the opposition. Today's politics is exactly opposite. There is no respect left for each other - now everybody is trying to defame the other. The white lie is being uttered freely. The leaders forget that the people have grown wiser and know everything.
One such white lie is becoming a part of the country's politics these days. The senior leaders of the BJP are claiming that there had been no development during the Congress rule. Only BJP is bringing about development! The question crops up: If the Congress did nothing in its long tenure, how did the country reach to the present height? Why do not these people remember that when the country became free, we had nothing worthwhile to boast about. Was it an easy task to get the country into today's situation? We should be thankful to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who outlined the development of the country from the perspective of industrial revolution and science. He promoted the idea within the country that factories are the modern temples of development. Who can deny that it was of Nehruji’s vision that today we identify ourselves as an industrialised country. It is the gift of Nehruji to us all.
How can we forget Lal Bahadur Shastri, who gave the slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'. At his call, the country had given up one meal at a time.
How can we forget the Iron Lady, Indira Gandhi, who dreamt of laying a network of roads in this country and building a large number of bridges on the rivers and she fulfilled that dream.
The country is fast moving forward. Can we forget Rajiv Gandhi's contribution for the modern means of communication? Can we sideline Sanjay Gandhi, who dreamt of the automobile industry? Can we forget Chaudhary Charan Singh who brought the farmers to the ground. Can we forget Chandrashekhar who got the country out of the financial crisis? Can the contributions of Inder Kumar Gujral, who improved India's relations with the countries around the world or Manmohan Singh who opened the path of economic growth, be underestimated?
I remember the poverty in the country when the poor could not afford two square meals a day. Congress had guaranteed work for at least 100 days. There were no hospitals and there were no medicines. There were no medical equipments to check up on the patients. There was no way to know how the people died from the disease! There were no roads. When I used to go to my grandmother's house in my childhood, I used to travel the whole day to reach there. Today, the distance is not more than one and a half hours. Will Atalji not be remembered for laying the network of roads?
Those who are saying that the Congress did nothing should remember that what was the condition of the country after Independence. We did not have enough food to eat, let alone fruits. At that time if someone bought fruit, people would ask who is sick in the house? Bringing the country out of such poverty and putting it on path of progress is not a child’s play. Congress has been instrumental in bringing about this progress.
Congress took the crucial decisions like the right to information, the right to food and the right to education. Today, we see the proceedings in Parliament directly. Congress has done all this and much more. And as far as nationalism is concerned, Indira Gandhi did not care about the whole world, the way the Pakistan was divided into two. It was the act of great courage and valour. Nearly one lakh armymen of Pakistan had surrendered!
How can anyone say that the Congress has done nothing! It's a strange logic! Everyone has the right to highlight their own achievements, but the attempt to defame others is highly dispicable. If Modiji is doing a good job then we all should accept that yes he is doing well. I am a Congressman but if Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis or Union minister Nitin Gadkari is doing a good job, then I will have to accept that they are doing well.
Our ideology can be different, but this does not mean that we should malign others or forget them! This is happening today because of which the society is on the verge of social breakdown. Keep in mind that if there is no atmosphere of peace, sense of belonging and harmony in society then what kind of ambience will there be at home? We have to understand that whatever is here is right here. It is very important to remove the fog of suspicion that has settled over the country. It is the responsibility of politics and politicians.
Blast out Pakistan’s terrorist hideouts
Families of martyred soldiers may be going through traumatic times, but yet they are proud of their sacrifices
Muze Na Tan Chahiye, Na Dhan Chahiye Bas Aman Se Bhara Yah Vatan Chahiye Jab Tak Jinda Rahun, Is Matrubhumi Ke Liye Aur Jab Maru To Tiranga Kafan Chahiye
These lines spring from the heart of every Indian soldier who is ready to sacrifice for the country. Every soldier deployed on the border to safeguard the motherland is the priceless heritage of the entire country, and when someone mounts a dastardly attack on him, the blood of the countrymen starts to boil.
On Thursday, when the news about 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who were killed by the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed in Avantipora of Pulwama district in Kashmir broke, like every other citizen I was overwhelmed with emotion. My heart started to bleed with agony, began to boil with anger and my mind filled with the thought of taking revenge against enemies. I was pained at the thought of our country losing such a large number of soldiers in the dastardly attack, felt angry that we have not taught a lesson to the cross-border terrorists based in Pakistan who have been striking at our forces at will and going scot-free. After the Pulwama attack, every citizen of the country wants that the army should enter Pakistan and destroy the hideouts of the terrorists.
The question arises repeatedly in my mind that terrorists can no longer dare to enter in America again after the 9/11 attacks. After the 1972 Munich Olympics, the terrorists never had the courage to glance back at Israel again. Terrorist attacks in Russia went down from 144 to 30 in five years. Why is our country so helpless? From 1988 to January 7, 2018, the terrorists have mounted 47234 major and minor attacks in India. The terrorists targeted the Parliament which is the most sacred and supreme institution of democracy in our country and the Red Fort symbolising our pride. Inspite of these horrendous attacks, we could not eliminate cross-border terrorism and nor could crush the nefarious intentions of Pakistan.
In 1972, when the Palestinian terrorist organisation “Black Sept” killed 11 Israeli players in the Munich Games in Munich, this small country did not sit silent. It gave a hot chase to terrorists seeking each one of them and killing them wherever found. We have not scored any major victory against terrorism. In the nineties, the Congress government led by PV Narasimha Rao was successful in rooting out terrorism from Punjab.
We have to introspect as to why we have not been able to succeed in crushing the monster of terrorism. Either there are some weaknesses in our intelligence system or we are unable to make adequate use of the latest technology to keep an eye on terrorist acts. We need to learn strategies and skills to deal with terrorism from countries such as Israel and America. It is surprising that despite receiving the information from the intelligence network prior to the attack, we could not preempt it.
We also have to make a resolve that if Pakistan is unable to deal with the terrorists, then we should go through it and eliminate terrorist bases and terrorists. To teach Pakistan a lesson like 1971, we need passion and determination like that of Indira Gandhi.
Terrorism is a national issue, hence none need to look at it from a political perspective. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and all opposition parties have demonstrated solidarity with the government after the Pulwama attack. Priyanka Gandhi, Congress general secretary, put off her press conference in Lucknow and presented an example by paying homage to the martyrs.
When there is a sensitive issue like terrorism, there should be consensus on national issues. On the Pulwama terror attack, the opposition has given importance to the country beyond the party's interests. I congratulate them. Apart from this, the media in our country - whether it is a print media or electronic media - needs to show restraint on such occasions.
I am of the opinion that on the martyrdom of the security personnel whether of the CRPF, SRP, BSF or ITBP, they should also be given martyr’s status like the army soldiers for sacrificing their lives for the motherland. Like the families of the martyred soldiers, their families should also get all the facilities. I went to Jaisalmer and I found the jawans of border security forces safeguarding the nation just 100 meters away from the Indo-Pakistan border.
Whether the border adjoins Kashmir or Rajasthan or Gujarat or eastern Uttar Pradesh, it is only the paramilitary forces that face the firepower of enemy and grapple with them. Then why are they being deprived of the status of martyr's death on laying down their lives for the nation?
In the Pulwama attack, the martyrs’ families lost their dear ones, and the country lost its brave sons. The families of the martyrs are passing through an emotional trauma, but they are still very proud. They are stating with pride that one of their sons got martyred for the country and now they will send another one to protect ‘Bharat Mata’. The motherland which produces such brave souls can not be shaken by terrorism, even the biggest power of the world can not humble it.
Chale Gaye Jo Hasten Chale Gaye Jo Hasten Hasten Baandh Sar Par Kafan Un Shahidon Ke Balidan Ko Mera Shat-shat Naman.