Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Congress Pesident Chairperson Advisory Committeee Sonia Gandhi, distinguished awardee M S Swaminathan with children at Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration function in New Delhi on Thursday.
Agencies, New Delhi
In an indirect attack on BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi today warned against attempts by some organisations and individuals to divide Indian society based on religion, caste and communities. Speaking at a function to award the Indira Gandhi prize for National Integration for 2012 to Eminent agricultural scientist.
M S Swaminathan, Dr Singh said,’’in present times, there is an urgent need, than at any other time, to remember and emulate the path shown by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Today, when attempts are being made in some parts of the country to divide the society on basis of religion, caste and communities, the ideals of Mrs Gandhi are all the more relevant.’’
Earlier, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in an apparent reference to the BJP and Mr Modi, said,’’there is danger from some ideologies, organisations and people who want to divide us.’’
Addressing the gathering, where AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora, senior Congress leader Karan Singh and many other dignitaries were also present, Dr Singh said Indira Gandhi had always worked for the social and economic development of the country. ‘’She wanted the common man, especially those from the weaker sections of society, to reap the benefit of economic development. She knew that bringing prosperity to every home strengthens public faith in the society and the country and strengthens our unity,’’Dr Singh said. The Prime Minister said it was due to Indira Gandhi bringing the Green Revolution in the country, the country was able to be self sufficient in foodgrains. ‘’As a Nation, it helped improve our self confidence as we emerged from a situation wherein we had to depend on imports in a big way for our foodgrain needs,’’ the PM said. The award, which was conferred on Dr Swaminathan, known as the father of the Green Revolution, consists of a citation and Rs 5 lakh.