New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday described Jawaharlal Nehru as “the jewel of India” and said “India is what it is today because of Nehru”. Delivering the 46th Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture here, the president said Nehru’s service to India was immeasurable and his legacy continues to lead the country to new heights of achievement. “He was one of the greatest figures of our times. Nehru had a clear vision of what modern India should look like and he set out to realise his dreams by establishing strong pillars which would support the young nation,” he said.
“India is what it is today because of Nehru, his vision and his lifetime of dedication to the nation. Let us celebrate his legacy and draw inspiration from his life to take our nation towards greater and greater glory,” he said. The lecture was held a day before the birth anniversary of Nehru. Several events have been lined up to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Nehru, who was born in 1889.
“If India has become the third largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, it is because of the multi-purpose projects, the public sector undertakings and institutions of higher learning established by Nehru as well as the systematic planning process initiated by him.”