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Sonia sees blind race for wealth

Sandeep Joshi

“We have drifted away from ideals of Independence struggle”

PHOTO: V. SUDERSHAN

tribute to freedom fighter: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Minister for Communications Kapil Sibal releasing a postal stamp in memory of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has decried the increasing general tendency to gain power and accumulate wealth. People are drifting away from the goals set during the Independence struggle and shying away from public service, she said.

“Today people are engaged in a blind race for gaining wealth and high post…I get a feeling that we have drifted away from the ideals of the Independence struggle and that of our ancestors,” she said releasing a stamp in memory of freedom fighter Chaudhary Ranbir Singh, father of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Power is not everything

Citing examples from the life of the freedom fighter, she said, “Power and wealth, and the pleasure one derives from it, does not constitute everything in life. There is a limit to this pleasure and one could enjoy it only up to a certain limit. Beyond that it is pure greed and temptation which everyone pursues.”

Asserting that sacrifices made by the freedom fighters should not be forgotten, the UPA chairperson said: “One should remember that if they had been after seeking personal pleasure, they would not have been able to contribute to the freedom struggle. The meaning of public life is to understand the suffering of the common man and make efforts to lessen it. We have to fight the attempts to destroy our society by spreading the poison of terrorism, communalism and casteism.”

Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal and Minister of State Sachin Pilot were among those present.

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