Interview of a dedicated Congressman
How did you get influenced by the Gandhian and Congress principles?
whole family since my grandfather’s time was dedicated towards the Congress. I
learned the same principles during my upbringing. My father was very active in
social work. He was repeatedly elected Thana Pradhan, and I helped him in his
social work. He wanted our region to become well educated, and built two
schools on his own lands, without taking any financial help from the
government. The area was very backward in education, but because of his
interest in education, I developed a strong interest in reading good books. I
did graduation in honours
course in first division and started learning law. Due to family
responsibilities I had to also start business. At a young age I had read Shri
Nehru’s “Discovery of India”. I realized that the Indian history, culture and
soul are best understood by Congress leaders.
When did you become an active Congress member?
1975, the atmosphere was full of confusions and questions regarding the
Congress. But my mind was dedicated to the Congress tenets. I became member of
the Congress is Giridih upon the advice of Shri Bindeshwari Dubey and started
actively propagating Congress principles. I also used to go and stay at the
Sadaqat Ashram. I worked under the guidance of, and with, Shri Bindeshwari
Dubey. Till date I am dedicated to the Congress and an active in social work.
Who was your ideal person?
Indira Gandhi. One seldom sees capabilities like her. She was unparalleled in
her deep farsightedness, visionary thought, thoughtfulness, and courageous
action plans. Her loyalty to the motherland was absolute. I got arrested in Giridih
with my friends, protesting against her arrest.
What differences do you find in the Congress now,
activists then were very truthful and true. They were fully dedicated towards
the principles. The activists still believe in the principles, but feelings of
mutual competition cause them to hinder and cut short their co-workers’ work.
Earlier, the competition was in trying to do better work than their colleagues.
each other frustrates and inactivates dedicated activists, as well as hurting
internal unity. This short coming has caused the Congress to see such bad days
in the recent past. Even today, no other party has the experience that the
Congress has, nor its vision, nor its competence and capabilities. If we become
united and fully active, no other party can stand taller.
How to re-strengthen the Congress to the earlier level?
Congress is re-emerging. In the villages people now are remembering the
Congress work. This is the time when if every activist becomes fully and
sincerely active, and remains united, Congress can become as strong as when
UPA-1 came. People are gradually recognizing the false propaganda of the BJP.
It is necessary that we strongly propagate facts about our achievements and
lies and confusions spread by our opponents. Every type of media, meetings,
functions and NGO’s should be used. Social media is very important because the
youth is more influenced by this. The youth has not seen the recent history and
believes even the lies sent out through the social media. It is also important
to create awareness amongst the women. Women are more influenced by emotional
issues, and the BJP uses it in their favour by reaching half truths to them in
an emotional manner. There is less awareness amongst the women of eastern UP,
Bihar, Jharkhand, etc. in the
villages, due to lack of education. Wrongs done by non-Congress governments in
particular regions need to be attacked loudly.
What were your other interests?
A. Reading and Football. I used to
organize yearly games.