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Strength, struggles and virtue

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A NATION'S strength ultimately consists of what it can do on its own, and not what it can borrow from others.

These were sentiments of late Indira Gandhi shared by the head girl of Indira Gandhi Memorial Primary School, Aachal Kumar, in Suva yesterday.

Speaking at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Day, Aachal said it was just like a unity in a classroom full of students led to sharing of knowledge.

"We must all keep in mind the struggles and virtues our late Mrs Indira Gandhi was presented with, it shall help us grow more patriotic and self-made individuals," she said.

Mrs Gandhi was the first female prime minister of India and its third head of government, and her works and dedication to India led the school to be named after her.

In Mrs Gandhi's last quote before she was assassinated in 1984, Aachal quoted: "I am alive today, I may not be here tomorrow, I shall continue to serve till my last breath and when I die, every drop of my blood will strengthen India and keep united India alive".

Aachal said the quote showed the importance of patriotism and simple moral virtues.