Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 9
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday lauded the contributions of late Indira Gandhi saying the 42nd Amendment to the Constitution in 1976 launched the idea of the Fundamental Duties, amongst which was to develop scientific mood, humanism and spirit of inquiry and reform.
The modification was piloted by Indira Gandhi when the Emergency was in power.
Singh was talking at a digital occasion on the event of signing of an MOU to arrange Indira Gandhi Chair for Environmental Sciences on the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust which Congress president Sonia Gandhi heads has backed the chair.
Singh used the event to recollect Indira Gandhi saying her years as Prime Minister had been peppered with path-breaking initiatives within the realm of science and expertise.
“While ISRO was already in fledgling existence and the cooperative milk movement had started earlier, it was she who pushed the space programme and the white revolution to new heights. Who can forget the moment when Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut, told her that from outer space, India appeared to him as “sare jahan se achha!” mentioned Singh, hailing Indira as one of many builders of recent India and a pacesetter whose tenure over 16 years in two separate phases noticed transformation inside India and the neighbourhood. “Her political achievements, her firmness in the face of military challenges, and her numerous policy initiatives are well recognised,” mentioned Singh, including that the event in the present day was meant to acknowledge the comparatively lesser recognized elements of Indira’s life.
Singh mentioned it was acceptable that the Chair be positioned in one of many nation’s main centres for the examine of science and expertise including, “It was Jawaharlal Nehru who first spoke about the need to inculcate a scientific temper among our people. Indira took this forward by leaps and bounds.”
Sonia Gandhi on the event mentioned Indira arrange the atmosphere ministry in 1980 and remained minister in cost for 4 years till her loss of life.