New Delhi. The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s rich erudition and mastery of multiple languages was unique even among the galaxy of distinguished political leaders of his time. Delivering “Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture” here today, he said that he will be remembered as one of the last Gandhian leaders who has focussed on selfless service to humanity and upholding of the highest standards of probity and integrity in public life. He demonstrated the need for congruence between word and deed in politics and how one could be an effective politician despite being unassuming, accommodating and a thorough gentleman.
The Vice President has said that Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s life stands as an example of upholding the moral dimension in politics. It also highlights the critical questions that surfaced in that early period of our life as an independent nation. These related to the tension between tradition and modernity, between morality and realpolitik, between integrity and convenience or greed, between the letter and the spirit of the Constitution, and between the office of the President and that of the Prime Minister. While time and practice has resolved some of these, individual or collective conduct has accentuated others. Nevertheless, the overarching challenge of moral rectitude in public and private life remains a compelling necessity and I hope the efforts of the Rajendra Prasad Academy would bring out this aspect of his towering personality.