‘India had democracy before others dreamt of it’: On Morarji Desai delivery anniversary, great-grandson shares video

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was joined by different leaders in paying tribute to Morarji Desai on his 125th delivery anniversary Sunday, the latter’s great-grandson, Madhukeshwar Desai, shared on social media a video clip of an interview, during which the previous PM is speaking of India being the oldest cradle of democracy on the planet.

In the interview clip, Desai could be heard saying “India has a vitality and a faith in democracy” which individuals exterior India didn’t assume was current “in sufficient measure”. “Even in India, some people thought like that, because even in India, there are people who don’t know India itself, that has been the result of Western influence,” the previous PM says.

“People forget that democracy is more natural to India than any other country. Because there was democracy in India before any other country in the world even dreamt of it. It is there in the Vedas, described so fully and firmly,” Desai provides.

When the interviewer says that many British folks want to assume democracy is their present to India, Desai says, “If it pleases their vanity, I have no quarrel about it. But we had Republics — fully, fairly elected — 2,500 years ago, much earlier than even Greece had its own kind of democracy.”

Morarji Desai, a long-time Congress man, turned the primary non-Congress Prime Minister of India, after being elected Leader of the Janata Party in Parliament put up the 1977 General Elections. He held the chair from March 24, 1977 to July 28, 1979.

Desai had been Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister below Indira Gandhi till 1969, when she took the finance portfolio from him. Desai then resigned as Deputy PM too. When the Congress cut up in the identical yr, Desai joined the Indian National Congress (Organisation), versus Indira Gandhi’s Indian National Congress (Ruling). He was jailed in the course of the Emergency.

On Sunday on his 125th delivery anniversary, PM Modi tweeted, “Remembering our former PM Shri Morarjibhai Desai. In his long years of public service, he worked tirelessly for India’s development. He was known for his impeccable integrity and unwavering commitment to democracy.”

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “My humble tributes to former Prime Minister, Shri Morarji Desai. He was a true Gandhian, who never compromised on the principles he believed in. He was a great administrator, strict disciplinarian and an anti-corruption crusader. Shri Desai believed in simple living & high thinking. He will be always remembered for his contribution to nation-building.”