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New Delhi, 24 July 2019: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, released the book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics.” written by Shri Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Shri Ravi Dutt Bajpai in Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament House Complex today. The Prime Minister presented the first copy of the book to the Vice President of India and Hon'ble Chairman Rajya Sabha, Shri M. 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 Shri Chandra Shekhar, 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 described Shri Chandra Shekhar 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 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 had undertaken, for the farmers, the poor, and the marginalized. 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. Speaking on the occasion, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Vice President of India and Chairman, Rajya Sabha welcomed the announcement made by the Hon'ble Prime Minister to establish the modern museum in Delhi for all former Prime Ministers. He said that the late Shri Chandra Shekhar Ji, who rose from a humble background to become the country’s Prime Minister, had never swerved from the ideology and the principles in which he believed in. Men like Shri Chandra Shekhar were never attracted by the trappings of power. He always believed that politics was meant to serve the marginalized and deprived sections and not a vehicle to achieve power alone. Shri Naidu expressed the hope that the life of Shri Chandra Shekhar will continue to inspire the politicians of the younger generation, especially at a time when ideology is taking a back seat. It is important for them to learn about a man who did not change his beliefs, principles, opinions, and friends to suit the changing political scenarios. Shri Naidu remarked that the lifelong struggle of Shri Chandra Shekhar to achieve socio-economic parity for the sections of the Indian society should be understood by every individual entering public life. He hoped this book gives them a good understanding of the man who was fearless and led life by principles. One of the striking qualities of Shri Chandra Shekhar was that he was not only committed to lofty ideals but always maintained decorum and dignity at all times irrespective of whether he was holding an office or not. Shri Naidu complimented Shri Harivansh Ji and his co-author for covering various facets of the leader right from his young days. Congratulating Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Shri Harivansh and Shri Ravi Dutt Bajpai for writing an excellent book on the former Prime Minister Shri Chandra Shekhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla said that Shri Chandra Shekhar was a well-known leader throughout the world and had always struggled all through his life to bring about justice to the exploited and disadvantaged sections of the society. The whole life of Chandra Shekhar was devoted to bring about a revolution in the society based on the principles of ‘socialism’. Shri Birla further observed that Shri Chandra Shekhar was immensely popular among the youths and despite his age, he was affectionately known as the ‘Young Turk’. Recalling that Shri Chandra Shekhar was always committed to know about the problems of villages, Shri Birla said that to accomplish this mission, he had undertaken the longest ‘padyatra’ in the country in his time. Shri Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha welcomed the dignitaries and remarked that he took the inspiration of writing the book from the fact that Shri Chandra Shekhar has not been accorded his rightful place in the history of our country. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad who was present on the occasion, also shared his personal experiences with Shri Chandra Shekhar.



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