Smt. Indira Gandhi's Broadcast over All India Radio on Mahatma Gandhi [New Delhi, October 1, 1968]
"In the history of India, there have been occasions when a cloud, no bigger than a man’s hand, has soon covered the whole sky,” so wrote Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. He himself poured life- giving water on a land thirsting for freedom.
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, one of the six children of Jhaverbbai Patel and Ladbai was born at Nadiad in Gujarat. There is no record of his date of birth. The generally accepted date, October 31, 1875, of which the source is his Matriculation certificate, was chosen by Vallabhbhai himself while filling in a form.
The family was an agriculturist one, of the Lewa Patidar Community and could in terms of economic status be described as lower middle-class.
Indira Gandhi saw herself as a latter-day Joan of Arc - such was her ardour and faith in herself as a patriot. Like the French, she too died as a martyr-as a martyr for the unity of her country.
She had said before her barbarous murder: "Every drop of my blood will contribute to the growth of this nation and make it strong and dynamic."
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
India's first and longest serving Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was a man of vision. Having participated in the long struggle for freedom from the British, Nehru, fondly called Pandit Nehru, a reference to his Kashmiri Pandit community roots, was a firm believer in nation building, as he understood that the young Indian nation had a tryst with destiny.
Dr B R Ambedkar
It takes courage to break free from the shackles of social inequality. It takes enormous amounts of courage to believe that things can change. It takes a leader to fight these inequalities and establish a new social order.
Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a scholar, a social reformer and a leader who dedicated his life to eradicating social inequality in India.
Pt Jawaharlal Nehru’s Speech in Lok Sabha on the death of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, February 24, 1958)
MR. SPEAKER, SIR: It has fallen to my lot often to refer in this House to the death of a colleague or a great man. I have to perform that sad duty again today in regard to one who was with us a few days ago and who passed away rather suddenly, producing a sense of deep sorrow and grief not only to his colleagues in Parliament but to innumerable people all over the country.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Translation of a Hindi speech by Smt Indira Gandhi at a meeting to welcome the relics of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Delhi, December 17, 1967.
Many of us assembled here today knew Netaji well, andon this occasion we are overwhelmed by the memory of one who gave us the slogan 'Delhi Chalo’. He is not with us. But his sword—which wehave the privilege to receive here today—reminds us of his powerful and beautiful presence.
Kumaraswami Kamaraj played a leading role in shaping India's destiny from the passing away of Jawaharlal Nehru to the Congress split in 1969.
He was born humble and poor in a backward area of Tamil Nadu on July 15, 1903. He was a Nadar, one of the most depressed castes of Hindu society.
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri
Today is a day of poignant memories for us and for the entire nation. We meet here to pay homage to the memory of our late Prime Minister, ShriLalBahadurShastri, who a year ago laid down his life in the service of the country. Shastriji was a man of quiet greatness, who lived for India and for peace and who died for India and for peace.