Dressed simple as he always does, bearing an effective demeanour, President Ram Nath Kovind on February 19th was seen addressing the crowd of students, teachers, parents at ITM Gwalior.
President Kovind was there to deliver the fourth Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Memorial lecture and was joined by other dignitaries like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Governor of Haryana Kaptan Singh Solanki and Cabinet Minister Jai Bhan Singh Pawaiya.
Remembering the activist, President said that Ram Manohar Lohia supported gender equality and always worked for the upliftment of the poor, downtrodden and outcaste. He narrated how the man did not give up despite being arrested 18 times by the British government because his aim was to attain freedom for his country. He even referred to him as the 'Kabir of Indian politics'.
Ram Manohar Lohia was an Indian Independence movement activist, a social-political leader, a reformer and a thinker. He was one of the founders of the Congress Socialist Party and editor of its mouthpiece Congress Socialist. Every year ITM Gwalior organises a memorial lecture to pay tribute to him and remind everyone of his reformative ideas.
Over the years, the lecture has been attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Justice B. Sudershan Reddy, Judge of Supreme Court of India.
We would like to thank the vice-chancellor of ITM Gwalior Rama Shankar Singh for keeping Dr Ram Manohar Lohia's spirit alive and spreading this message among the youth of India.