The Mahanayak of compassion, Conscientiousness and communication revolution
Nation-building is a continuous process. It is built by the dreams of people’s aspirations. Such dreams are seen by those who have the potential of setting the nation’s direction. Great personalities of our country had dreamt of India’s independence during the freedom struggle against the British-rule. Their dreams shaped up the aspirations of independent India and built a secular, strong and self-reliant country. Rajiv Gandhi took over responsibility of the prime-ministership under very challenging circumstances but established himself as one of the brightest stars on the political horizon of India.
Along with Rajiv Gandhi, millions of Indians hoped, aspired and dreamt of a modern India. As a people’s leader and the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi took the country forward on the path of reconstruction and development. The identity he provided to India will go down in history as its golden chapter. He played a mammoth role in these values. Rajiv Gandhi tried to first comprehend the challenges of time and had courage to develop the country accordingly. He had full faith in capability and conscience of the youth.
Rajiv Gandhi provided the youth their voting-right at the age of 18 years and thus ensured their participation in governance. Rajiv Gandhi’s dream of India was the country in which the idea of Sarve Bhawantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Niramayah was coherent. After joining politics, he elaborated his idea of India – “I dream of an India which is strong, self-reliant and is positioned at the top of the nations working for people’s welfare.” He often talked about steering India into 21st century. He always wanted that India must free itself mindset due to the foreign-rule and should move forward on the path of development and prosperity.
While on the one hand, greatness was the hallmark of his personality, on the other he had very liberal approach of Sarv Dharm Sambhao both these qualities formed the core of his thoughts. His personality was a rare confluence of inspirations like service and struggle of Mahatma Gandhi, thoughts and ideals of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and the vision and decisiveness of Indira Gandhi. At present, the whole country is talking about Digital India. But its foundation was laid by Sh. Rajiv Gandhi. He revolutionarized communication – sector and is aptly called as the father of computer – revolution. Rajiv Gandhi firmly believed that India’s future depended upon science and technology. The developmental process of India can be augmented only through information – technology.
The developed nations recognised our technological achievements and their high quality were admired all over the world. Rajiv Gandhi launched new programmes in the field of bio-technology, atomic energy, environment etc and constituted various technological – missions for drinking water, food-grains, communication, agriculture and industrial sector. from poverty and centuries-old slavish building India as a modern, strong and prosperous nation.
Rajiv Gandhi always favoured an amalgamation of the ancient and modern values. There was a complete transparency in his persona. Once Rajiv Gandhi said, “India has always retained some moral values. These values are – Truth, Non-Violence and Self-reliance.” He wanted to take India forward on the path of progress on the basis of a harmonious blending of Rajiv Gandhi was a true democrat who always welcomed innovative ideas and constructive criticisms. He served as an MP, a PM, a Congress president and even as the leader of opposition. But in discharging all his responsibilities, he showed highest degree of efficiency. Rajiv Gandhi devoted himself to the sacred duty of building a new India of his vision, courage and commitment.
Rajiv Gandhi was very much worried about environment and pollution along with its harmful impact on human civilization. He took strong steps for the conservation of forests and environment. Rajiv Gandhi was of the opinion that there must be a trade off between environment-conservation and development. By constituting the Ganga Development Authority, he started a campaign for cleaning the Ganga river. Rajivji preferred nonconventional energy sources and encouraged the use of bio-gas.
Inspired by the principle of Ahimsa of Mahatma Gandhi, he raised the issue of atomic-disarmament on international platforms. He wholeheartedly supported international organisations working in the field of conservation of environment and depletion of Ozone layer. At the initiative of Rajivji, “Earth Conservation Fund” was formed under the guidance of the UN. In the line with message enshrined in “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam”, Rajivji assumed the whole as one family showed his strong commitment to weapon-free and warfree world.
Rajiv Gandhi was a modern day Bhagirath who wanted the stream of development to flow from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari. India’s development was his agenda and a developed modern India was his dream. He was very much concerned about the plight of the poor and had a keen desire to establish such a society in which all would live with equality and dignity. He wanted to see prosperity in a poor man’s hut.
works for village-development. He played a key role in passing of the 73rd amendment in the constitution to establish Panchayati Raj System. It proved a milestone for villagedevelopment. Rajivji’s vision and thinking were very clear against communalism. He continuously struggled against communal forces, terrorism, illiteracy and poverty. Rajivji had firm faith in secularism. He was the forbearer of Ahimsa, peace and affection. Rajiv Gandhi wanted to take the country out of narrow mindset of caste, religion and community. His attempt was to make India a country where people live with love and affection. The country should tread
continuously on the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Smt. Indira Gandhi for its overall development.
Strengthening and expansion of the Congress Party always remained a high priority for Rajivji. His mission was – direct communication with people and strengthening og the organisation Rajivji wanted to see the Congress as a people’s movement. Once Rajivji said, “We have to revive our old traditions of fighting for the right of the poor and the unpriviledged. By doing so, we can get the energy that is required to build India of our dream”.
Rajivji said that the Congress is the mirror of diversity in India. It represents unity in diversity of India. It represents
all Indians without any discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, language and region. The Congress is the only
party that thinks development of the country is not possible without social unity. A divided India can’t progress
and be prosperous.
Rajiv Gandhi discharged his responsibilities for the country’s interest very efficiently. In his spotless public and political life, whatever he contributed was as pure as gold and such a mark on Indian people that he His life, his sacrifice and memories will always be a perennial source of inspiration for the country. Taking inspiration from Rajivji’s ideals and making commitment for Sarv Dharm Sambhao, will be true tribute to a charismatic leader like him to convey his humanistic ideas to every nook and corner of the country. will be remembered respectfully for centuries to come.