New Delhi, April 6: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said “a new definition of patriotism” is being taught in the contemporary scenario.
“Today we are being taught a new definition of patriotism. Those who do not accept diversity are being called patriots. Humse umeed ki ja rahi hai ki khaan paan pehnaave aur abhivyakti ki azaadi ke maamle mein kuch logon ki manmaani hum bardaasht karein” Gandhi stated addressing Peoples’ Agenda- Jan Sarokar 2019 at Delhi’s Talkatora stadium.
The event was organised by about 21 major civil society networks and over 200 NGOs against Prime Narendra Modi led BJP government.
Prominent among these are the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, Pension Parishad, Right to Education Forum, National Alliance of People’s Movement, Ekta Parishad, One Billion Rising, Dakshinayan and others.
Targeting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party , she said the current government has undermined the welfare architecture that was laid down over last 65 years, adding the “Regressive forces have systematically dismantled our institutions.
“We need to reclaim our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights and secure the life of dignity and security for our people” , she asserted.
Gandhi praised former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh leadership.
“When UPA was in power, under the leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, govt and civil society worked together”.
“It wasn’t an easy task, but with the support of civil society, our government spearheaded policies that gave shape to the dreams and aspirations of crores of fellow Indians”, she stated.