The word ‘Atmanirbhar’ or self-reliant has been heard often in recent days. However, there is a discussion in place as to who first started to use the word with reference to India.
PM Modi introduces the term in his message
A few days ago, PM Modi arrived in front of the citizens, and delivered a 33 minute-long message on the steps he and his government are taking to get India back on track with regards to the Coronavirus issue.
Multiple times in his message, Mr. Modi used the word ‘Atmanirbhar’ and also announced that the massive package of Rs 20 Lakh crores would be aimed at India becoming a self-reliant country.
Rajiv Gandhi had used the term in 1985
In 1985, to the US Congress, Rajiv Gandhi had said: “India is an Old country but a young nation…I am young and I too have a dream, I dream of India Strong, Independent, Self-Reliant and in the front rank of the nations of the world, in the service of mankind.”
On the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi’s 29th death anniversary, a few Congress leaders, through their tributes, reminded that Rajiv Gandhi had also used the word ‘self-reliant’ long ago. Here are a few tweets that are in discussion:
— Charan Singh Sapra (@Charanssapra) May 21, 2020
"I dream of an India strong, independent, self-reliant and in the front rank of nations of the world, in the service of mankind"
My humble tributes to our Former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his martyrdom day. He was a visionary statesman, who sacrificed his life for the country. pic.twitter.com/P3RKg0dDgn
— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) May 21, 2020
एक सच्चे देशभक्त,उदार और परोपकारी पिता के पुत्र होने पर मुझे गर्व है।प्रधानमंत्री के रूप में राजीव जी ने देश को प्रगति के पथ पर अग्रसर किया।अपनी दूरंदेशी से देश के सशक्तीकरण के लिए उन्होंने ज़रूरी कदम उठाए।आज उनकी पुण्यतिथि पर मैं स्नेह और कृतज्ञता से उन्हें सादर नमन करता हूँ। pic.twitter.com/aDdKMf74wK
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 21, 2020
The Hindi tweet of Rahul Gandhi translates to “I am proud to be the son of a true patriot, liberal and philanthropic father. As prime minister, Rajiv ji put the country on the path of progress. With his farsightedness, he took steps to make the country self-reliant. Today on his death anniversary I salute him with affection and gratitude.”
Well, at this point in time, more than the discussion, it is important that India does walk on a path towards self-reliance in the coming years.