Indira birth centenary celebrations begin
- Uttam, Potturi recall her services to the country
Hyderabad: TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy inaugurated year-long Indira Gandhi birth centenary celebrations at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday. He paid floral tributes to a portrait of Indira Gandhi. Senior journalists Potturi Venkateswara Rao and S Venkata Narayana spoke on Indira Gandhi’s yeomen services to the nation and weaker sections of the society.
Uttam recalled that Indira Gandhi had launched several historic programmes to make India great. The credit for striving to eradicate poverty with ‘Gareebhi Hatao’ slogan goes to former Prime Minister. He also suggested that the party cadre celebrate Indira Gandhi birth centenary celebrations in the villages on grand scale throughout the year.
Veteran journalist Potturi Venkateswara Rao praised Indira’s Green Revolution. He said the nation achieved food security with Green Revolution taken up during her regime. He said even today there was no food problem because of Indira Gandhi’s decision. He said Indira Gandhi took several decisions and stuck to them. She had strong political beliefs and took equally strong decisions. Among these were declaring Emergency, tackling separate Telangana and Khalisthan movements. He also recalled how Indira Gandhi had courageously continued war against Pakistan though then American President Nixon opposed her decision in 1971. She was a dynamic leader and provided her services to the nation by nationalizing banks and scrapping privy purses. She was never afraid of facing problems since her childhood till her death, Potturi recalled.
Venkata Narayana shared his impressions of Indira Gandhi as a journalist.
TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said the party would organise Indira Gandhi’s centenary celebrations in the entire year. He called upon the party activists to launch a campaign to explain Indira’s services to the nation. In the morning, Uttam Kumar Reddy paid floral tributes to the statue of Indira Gandhi on the Necklace Road.