Indira Gandhi was a mother to this nation, says Varun Gandhi

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BJP MP Varun Gandhi today hailed his grandmother and Congress stalwart Indira Gandhi on her hundredth birth anniversary, calling her "a mother to this nation".

Floral tributes were paid to Indira Gandhi at a function organised at separate venues here by Haryana and Punjab units of the Congress.

The former prime minister also fought for Indias dignity and independence as a sovereign nation, against the dominance of superpowers, she said.

After paying tributes at the party office here, Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar led a motorcycle rally which began from here and would culminate at the former prime minister's memorial "Shakti Sthal" near Raj Ghat in Delhi. Her steely determination, clarity of thought and decisive actions made her a towering personality.

While the major part of the exhibition will be held in the sprawling lawns of Indira Gandhi Memorial, a part of the show, to be held indoors, will feature apparels she wore during some of the important historical events.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be recipient of International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for this year.

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"The Congress party is doing it in its own way but the country is not celebrating Indira Gandhi's centenary much like Russia seems to have forgotten the centenary of the Russian revolution", he said.

Former Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and ex-United States Ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith were also part of the discussion. "She gloried in the rich diversity of India, its profound democratic and secular values", Sonia Gandhi said.

Her economic policies - the nationalisation of banks and the grain trade, the high taxes, the emphasis on the public sector against the private sector - all have their supporters and denigrators. He came as a great reformer, trying to play the friend of the poor.

The award comprise of Rs 25 lakh cash and a citation. Her political acumen and ruthlessness had no parallel and she even worked in the Indian struggle for freedom while she was a child.

Eventually, his failure or success will depend on his ability to create jobs for 1.2 crore people who enter the job market every year, Chidambaram said. "Let us see if he can", he added.

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