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Dr Lohia was 'Sant Kabir' of Indian politics: President Kovind

Press Trust of India  |  Gwalior 

today remembered Dr Ram as 'Sant Kabir' of Indian politics and said he had the courage to abandon everything for his beliefs.

Delivering the 4th Dr Ram Memorial Lecture here today, Kovind said that Dr could be called the 'Sant of Indian politics' due to his endless striving, ceaseless political journey, and courage to abandon everything for his beliefs, and ability to speak the truth directly.

"Lohia dedicated his life to the welfare of the people, and struggled relentlessly for the deprived sections of society. For Dr Lohia, the definition of weaker sections of society included Dalits, tribals, women and backward castes,' Kovind said.

"He suggested providing them special opportunity. Dr Lohia had said if it were a choice between "equal opportunity" and "special opportunity", then "special opportunity" should be chosen. There can be talk of "equal opportunity" only when everyone has equal access to education, employment,livelihood, etc," the said.

The said that Mahatma Gandhi, Dr BR Ambedkar, Dr Lohia and Deendayal Upadhyaya dedicated their lives to the welfare of the last person in society. All of them emphasised a holistic and grounded agenda, rather than to India's problems, he said.

"Though their methods had some differences, their goal was the same - to give equal rights to all the people of India- with a special emphasis on traditionally deprived sections," he said.

He said there was a need to take inspiration from these great heroes to bring smile to the face of the last person in the last line of society. He termed such efforts as a true tribute to Dr Lohia.

Earlier in the day, the President, at function, declared as a "Divyang friendly district" (disabled friendly district) and distributed artificial limbs. He also addressed the convocation of Jiwaji University, before returning to

Speaking at the function to declare as a "Divyang friendly district", the President praised the government and NGOs for their efforts to make life better and easier for differently-abled citizens.

He said the government was also making efforts to provide jobs to Divyangs by increasing the reservation for them from three to four per cent.

Addressing the convocation of Jiwaji University, the President emphasised that education needed to cope with the challenges as well as opportunities thrown up by technology and the era of In this regard, the role of university teachers was very important, he said.

Bihar also addressed the Lohia Memorial Lecture series and recalled Dr Lohia's contribution to the society, especially in politics, education and culture.

Earlier in the morning, Anandiben Patel, and others welcomed the President at the airport.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 20:25 IST