PM releases the book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics”

The
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released the book “Chandra
Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics.” The book has been
written by Shri Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha; and Shri Ravi
Dutt Bajpai. The book release event was held at the Balayogi Auditorium,
Parliament Library Building.
PM releases the book "Chandra Shekhar - The Last Icon of Ideological Politics"
PM releases the book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics”
The Prime Minister presented the first copy of the book to the Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu.
Speaking
on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in today’s political
context, it is remarkable that even after about 12 years of his passing
away, the thoughts of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar ji, continue
to guide us, and are as vibrant as ever.
Congratulating
Shri Harivansh for writing the book, the Prime Minister shared some
memories and anecdotes of his interactions with Shri Chandra Shekhar.
He
recalled that he had first met Shri Chandra Shekhar ji in 1977. He
saidthat he was travelling with former Vice President Bhairon Singh
Shekhawat ji, and had met Shri Chandra Shekhar at Delhi Airport. He said
that the two leaders shared a close bond, despite their different
political ideologies.
The
Prime Minister also recalled that Shri Chandra Shekhar ji addressed
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji as “Guru ji.” He described Chandra Shekhar
ji as a man of remarkable culture and principles, who did not hesitate
to oppose the dominant political party of his time, because he disagreed
with certain aspects of it.
The
Prime Minister mentioned political leaders such as Mohan Dharia ji and
George Fernandes ji, both of whom, he said, spoke highly about Chandra
Shekhar ji.
Shri
Narendra Modi recalled his last meeting with Shri Chandra Shekhar ji.
He said the ailing former Prime Minister had telephoned him and invited
Shri Modi to visit him whenever he was in Delhi. During that
interaction, Shri Chandra Shekhar ji had inquired about Gujarat’s
development, and shared his perspective on many national issues.
The Prime Minister appreciated his clarity of thought, commitment to the people, and dedication to democratic principles.
The
Prime Minister also recalled the historic Padyatra that Shri Chandra
Shekhar ji had undertaken, for the farmers, the poor, and the
marginalized. The Prime Minister said that it is unfortunate that we
failed give him the respect he deserved, at that time.
The
Prime Minister said that there is a coterie of people who have sought
to create adverse impressions of some great Indian leaders, including
Dr. Ambedkar and Sardar Patel. He asserted that a museum for all former
Prime Ministers will be established in Delhi. He urged the family
members of former Prime Ministers to share aspects of the life and work
of these Prime Ministers. He said the country needs a new political
culture, beyond political untouchability.
Speaker,
Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla; Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh;
and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad,
were present on the occasion, and also addressed the gathering.