Sonia Gandhi Honours Mallikarjun Kharge with Book Launch on His Life and Ideological Journey
This book commemorates Kharge's 80th birth anniversary, detailing his five-decade political journey with contributions from 72 prominent figures across the political spectrum.
New Delhi, November 29 – In a grand ceremony at Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party, released a book titled ‘Mallikarjun Kharge – Political Engagement with Compassion, Justice and Inclusive Development’. This book celebrates the life and achievements of the Congress president, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, marking his five-decade-long political journey.
The event was graced by a host of dignitaries who commended Mr. Kharge’s unwavering integrity, hard work, and commitment to his ideology. A short film documenting his life and political path was also showcased, providing a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs he faced.
Edited by Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat and co-edited by Chetan Shinde, the book provides an in-depth look at Mr. Kharge’s political career and his contributions as a social activist, educationist, and leader. It highlights his dedication to labour rights, educational development, and efforts to address social inequities, especially those rooted in caste discrimination.
Mrs. Gandhi, speaking at the event, lauded Mr. Kharge’s adherence to his principles throughout his political career. She emphasized his ability to rise in politics without compromising his ideals, relentless fight for the underprivileged, and dignified approach to political challenges. She remarked on his embodiment of the values envisioned by the founders of modern India, overcoming numerous adversities to serve the nation.
Reflecting on the Congress Party’s historic role in shaping the nation, Mrs. Gandhi praised Mr. Kharge’s choice to embrace secularism and liberalism in the face of communalism and discrimination. She highlighted his commitment to public service, mainly his focus on empowering the marginalized sections of society.
Mrs. Gandhi shared her personal experiences with Mr. Kharge, describing him as a wise companion and a source of strength. She acknowledged his critical role in leading the Congress Party at a time when, according to her, constitutional and institutional values were being undermined by those in power.
Mr. Kharge expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Gandhi and the book’s editors in his address. He reflected on his journey from an ordinary party worker to the President of the Indian National Congress, attributing his success to the democratic framework and constitution of India. Mr. Kharge warned of the current threats to democracy and the constitution, urging unity and vigilance to protect these foundational elements of the nation.
He concluded by expressing heartfelt thanks to all attendees, especially Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, for their support and encouragement.
Prominent figures such as T.R. Baalu, Member of Lok Sabha; Prof. Manoj Jha, Member of Rajya Sabha; Sitaram Yechury, Former Member of Rajya Sabha; and several senior leaders from various parties, including AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, and Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, attended the event. They collectively acknowledged and celebrated Mr. Kharge’s significant contributions to the Congress Party and the country.
This book launch event highlighted Mr. Kharge’s exemplary political career and contributions to the nation and reinforced the values and principles of the Indian National Congress. It served as a reminder of the enduring spirit of democracy and the need to uphold constitutional values in the face of challenges. The release of ‘Mallikarjun Kharge – Political Engagement with Compassion, Justice and Inclusive Development’ is a testament to the life and legacy of a leader deeply committed to the ideals of justice, inclusivity, and the betterment of society.
This meticulously crafted book, released to mark the 80th birth anniversary of Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, offers a comprehensive exploration of his distinguished political journey spanning over five decades. It is a rich compilation of messages and thoughtful contributions from 72 notable figures across the parliamentary and political spectrum. Among the esteemed contributors are Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Shri Rahul Gandhi, former President Shri Ramnath Kovind, former Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, and a host of other dignitaries, including Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Sharad Pawar, Prof. Ramgopal Yadav, Shri P. Chidambaram, Dr Shashi Tharoor, and several Union Ministers and state leaders.
The book, structured into nine distinct sections, delves into various facets of Kharge’s career and ideology. These sections include ‘A Leader with Qualities of Greatness’, ‘Roots of Compassion in Ideology’, ‘Upbringing Amid Poverty and Discrimination’, ‘Contributions as Member of Legislative Assembly and Minister: Socially Inclusive Development’, ‘Minister at the Centre: Labour, Railway and Social Welfare’, ‘Kalyan Karnataka: Regional Development Through Constitutional Amendment’, ‘Innovative, Compassionate and People’s Administrator’, ‘Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha’, and ‘Kharge’s Model of Politics: The Way Forward for the Congress’.
This book stands as a testament to Shri Kharge’s inspiring journey, reflecting the depth and breadth of his impact on India’s political landscape. It encapsulates his commitment to social justice, inclusive development, and unwavering dedication to the principles of the Congress Party, charting a path forward for future political engagement.