Pranab, Manmohan, Rahul pay tributes to Indira Gandhi

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Pranab, Manmohan, Rahul pay tributes to Indira Gandhi

"In today's time when the country finds itself increasingly divided in the name of narrow nationalism, the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration is the recognition of the values she stood for", Rahul said.

The Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas is observed to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, while the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of India's first Home Minister Sardar Patel.

However the picture is not of hers but of her family members who can be seen with the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Reading out Sonia's speech, Rahul said the idea of India that Indira Gandhi fought for had been "thrown fundamentally into question by rising intolerance".

Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna Tuesday received the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

Mr Mukherjee, Dr Singh, Mr Gandhi and several Congress leaders paid tributes to Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal. Her death led to anti-Sikh riots across the country which led to displacement and killings of people from Sikh community. "She paid for her principles with her life, but never compromised with her faith in India and her people". "Unity and peace, not division and conflict, are the lights that guided our awardees, in thought as well as action - just as they guided her".

Congratulating T. M Krishna, Singh said: "He is an extraordinary gifted musician".

The Congress today postponed the installation of Indira Gandhi's statue at the party's office at Ludhiana.

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