‘Let’s rise against intolerance’: Sonia Gandhi’s message on Independence Day

In her Independence Day message, Sonia Gandhi, 72, said India has surged ahead exponentially in all arenas but at its core are the founding principles of “truth, non–violence, compassion and unwavering patriotism”.

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called upon the nation to rise and stand against every act of injustice, intolerance and discrimination to truly cherish freedom.

In her Independence Day message, Sonia Gandhi, 72, said India has surged ahead exponentially in all arenas but at its core are the founding principles of “truth, non–violence, compassion and unwavering patriotism”.

A democratic and resilient India at 73 has no place for bigotry, superstition, sectarianism, fanaticism, racialism, intolerance or injustice, yet millions of fellow citizens encounter discrimination every day, she said.

Sonia Gandhi took over as the interim Congress president on Saturday after her son Rahul Gandhi rejected repeated pleas by colleagues to reconsider his decision to resign as the party chief.

Rahul Gandhi had decided to step down following the party’s dismal performance in the recent national elections in which the Congress managed to get just 52 Lok Sabha seats.

“We must rise as a nation to stand against every act of injustice, intolerance and discrimination to truly cherish our freedom,” she said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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