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Nehruvian legacy of secularism, socialism core beliefs: Sonia

New Delhi: Faced with the party's worst-ever poll performance, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that “staunch secularism” and “socialist economics” were their “core beliefs” and noted that these values of Nehruvianism are being “fundamentally

PTI [ Updated: May 27, 2014 20:09 IST ]
nehruvian legacy of secularism socialism core beliefs sonia
nehruvian legacy of secularism socialism core beliefs sonia

New Delhi: Faced with the party's worst-ever poll performance, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that “staunch secularism” and “socialist economics” were their “core beliefs” and noted that these values of Nehruvianism are being “fundamentally challenged by some in the prevailing political climate”.


While the party encourages involvement of the private sector in wealth generation and economic growth, it remains “profoundly wedded to Nehru's concern for the weakest sections” of society, she said at an event to mark the 50th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru here.

The four pillars of Nehruvianism—democratic institution building, staunch secularism, socialist economics and a foreign policy of non-alignment—that were integral to a vision of Indianness are being “fundamentally challenged by some in the prevailing political climate”, she said while stressing that these still formed the core of Congress's beliefs.

Gandhi at the same time said she is not suggesting that Congress is stuck in a time warp and merely repeating the conventional wisdom of 50 years ago as “Nehru himself, as a man with an open and questioning mind, would have evolved with the times, even while remaining anchored in his core beliefs”.

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