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Mahatma Gandhi

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.

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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.

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Maulana Azad

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.

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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.

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Smt. Indira Gandhi

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."

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Shri Rajiv Gandhi

At 41, Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest Prime Minister of India, perhaps one of the youngest elected heads of Government in the world. His mother, Indira Gandhi, was eight years older when she first became Prime Minister in 1966.

His illustrious grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was 58 when he started long innings of 17 years as free India’s first Prime Minister.

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Dr Manmohan Singh

Dr Manmohan Singh, India’s 14th Prime Minister presided over a decade of phenomenal growth and development. Under Dr Singh’s stewardship, India witnessed the highest growth rate in its history, averaging at 7.7% to become a nearly two trillion-dollar economy.

India was catapulted from tenth position when Dr Singh took over into the world’s third largest economy by 2014, raising the living standard of millions.

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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.

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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.

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Shri K Kamaraj

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.

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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.

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Babu Jagjivan Ram

Jagjivan Ram, popularly known as Babuji was a national leader, a freedom fighter, a crusader of social justice, a champion of depressed classes, an outstanding Parliamentarian, a true democrat, a distinguished Union Minister, an able administrator and an exceptionally gifted orator.

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Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Smt. Sonia Gandhi is the President of the Indian National Congress Party. She is the longest serving President of the party, having been elected since 1998. She is also the Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of the ruling coalition, the United Progressive Alliance.

Smt. Gandhi was born on December 9, 1946. After her early education, she attended a foreign language school where she studied English, French and Russian.

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Shri Rahul Gandhi

Since 2004, Rahul Gandhi has been the Member of Parliament representing Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. In 2007, he was named General Secretary of the Indian National Congress in charge of the youth and student organisations of the Party. In January 2013, he assumed office as Vice President of the Indian National Congress.

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