Character, Calibre, Capacity & Conduct are important to Politicians: Vice President Releases Commemorative Postage Stamp on Shri Banarsi Das Gupta
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that 4 Cs: Character, Calibre, Capacity & Conduct are important to Politicians; we need 4 Ps: Philosophy, Principles, Policies & Performance in politics and avoid 3 Cs: Community, Caste & Cash in Politics. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the Commemorative Postage Stamp on freedom fighter and parliamentarian, Shri Banarsi Das Gupta on the occasion of his Birth Centenary Celebrations organized by Banarsi Das Gupta Foundation, here today. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that Shri Banarsi Das was a true Gandhian, a great freedom fighter, a visionary, and a mass leader and he left his studies and plunged into the freedom movement led by Gandhi Ji. He further said that he launched agitation for establishment of a responsible Government in Jind State and was imprisoned several times. In the post-Independent period, he became a towering leader in the then existing State of Jind and was instrumental in paving the way for its merger with the Indian Union, he added.
The Vice President said that representing a vital link between the idealism of freedom struggle and the dreams of an independent and resurgent India, Shri Banarsi Das Ji was a far-sighted leader. He further said that he was a passionate social reformer who worked tirelessly to free India from the clutches of social evils, social oppressions, caste and gender inequalities. He was a crusader against untouchability, child marriage and dowry system and by waging a relentless struggle against the practice of untouchability, he helped Dalits get the right to enter temples and use public wells, he added.
The Vice President said that Shri Banarsi Das’s popularity among the people of Haryana was unparalleled, who elected him thrice to the Haryana Legislative Assembly. He further said that he also occupied the august Office of Speaker of that Assembly and he led the State of Haryana twice as its Chief Minister, he added. His association with our Parliament began in April 1996 when he was elected as a Member of Rajya Sabha and he served as a Member of several Parliamentary Committees and continued with his mission of articulating the concerns of the State of Haryana and the people on the floor of the House, he added.