Book on freedom fighter released
The book is on London-based Balwant Kapoor, the only freedom fighter living in Europe, reports Vijay Dutt.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 20:06 IST
There is hardly any freedom fighter outside India. So the release of a book on London-based Balwant Kapoor, the only freedom fighter living in Europe, was a much-awaited event.
Released by Ranjan Mathai, deputy high commissioner, the book indeed gives glimpses of the struggle spearheaded by the likes of Gandhi, Tilak and Nehru that laid the foundation of what India is today and the ordeal the freedom fighters went through voluntarily to help in the fight against the Raj.
Appropriately the biography was released at the Republic Day celebrations held by the Indian Overseas Congress (UK) which is also headed by Kapoor.
The renowned Urdu poet Sohan Rai, philanthropist and social worker OP Sharma and leading hotelier Paul Padda were honoured were also honoured in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community and the British society generally.
Mathai in his brief address said, "We are proud of the vast strides the country is making," since Independence. "Today, India is a strong, vibrant, diverse, secular and dynamic democracy, making social progress and developing globally recognised as the intellectual capital."
Kapoor referred to the rapid progress made by the country but cautioned that the nation should not forget its freedom fighters who had sacrificed their utmost to free the nation from the yoke of the foreign rule.
In a message on the occasion, Sonia Gandhi, chairperson, National Advisory Council, said, "As members of the Overseas Congress, you are our representatives to those countless Indians abroad whose patriotism and love for their country is not diminished by the distance between us.
"I trust that the significance of this great day will serve to inspire you and those who share with us in the Congress party a sense of dedication towards India and hope for its future."