Dwelling upon non-alignment, Mr. Aiyar said that Nehru’s non-alignment did not mean equi-distance or isolationism.
Mr. Aiyar was delivering a lecture on “The Nehruvian legacy and its Discontents”, organised by “Rostrum”, Alva’s Education Foundation’s Speakers Club, at Moodbidri near here.
The former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on Tuesday said that it was because of Jawaharlal Nehru’s consistent efforts that India established itself as a secular country with equal rights for all regardless of their religious affiliations.
He said that Nehru was an “extraordinary giant” of the freedom struggle, a prominent maker of modern India, a great believer of pluralism, the chief architect of democracy, socialism and secular ethos.
To a query why democracy is the profuse value of the Congress but not the Congressmen, Mr. Aiyar said that the Congress believes in collective decision of party members and people’s choice in election.
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