The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the legacy of Shaheed Nanak Singh is part of the legacy of the brave and inspiring men and women who fought to make India free. He was delivering the Shaheed Nanak Singh Memorial Lecture ‘The Legacy of Freedom Fighters’, here today. Smt. Salma Ansari and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that the freedom struggle was not only a struggle for independence and it was an exercise in building a nation. He further said that India was blessed that a set of people of incredible talent and wisdom graced the period marking our struggle. They possessed moral integrity of the highest order; the tallest among them was Mahatma Gandhi, he added.
The freedom fighters were driven by a passionate intensity that went beyond ordinary and many such contributors to the cause of our freedom remain unheralded and obscure. Yet their efforts are no less important than those of the better known personalities, he added.
The Vice President said that the most enduring legacy of our freedom struggle is our liberty. He further said that the legacy also enjoins on us the reason for this freedom as our national movement was committed to creating an egalitarian society and was opposed to all forms of inequality, discrimination and oppression.
The Vice President said that one of the lasting legacies of our freedom struggle was the creation of an Indian identity. He further said that the diversity and multiple identities were not seen as obstacles to be overcome but as positive features that were sources of strength to Indian culture, civilization and the nation, and were integral to the emerging nationhood. The youth should have a sense of history – and know that the environment that encourages their aspirations was built on the sacrifice and toil of others before them, he added.