New Delhi, Oct. 2
THE Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has said that Gandhiji's message of self-reliance and self-respect, best symbolised by the Dandi March, was a message of standing on one's own feet, and then dealing with the world, with confidence and self-assurance.
"Self-reliance in the modern world implies the ability to pursue one's interests with self-confidence and faith in one's own capabilities. We do not have to pursue self-reliance by doing everything ourselves. We can, indeed, pursue greater self-reliance by creating inter-relationships of inter-dependence that enhance our bargaining power. Greater interaction with the world can in fact enhance a nation's self-reliance by creating a web of mutually beneficial inter-relationships," the Prime Minister said.
Dr Singh was addressing a function to release commemorative coins to mark 75th anniversary of the Dandi March.
The Prime Minister added that he believed that this is the brave new world that the freedom fighters would have liked to see the India of our times stand tall in.