Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on the occasion of her father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's 75th birth anniversary on Tuesday, took to social media and posted an emotional tribute. With a poem by EE Cumming, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra revealed what she learnt from her father. In the tweet, the Congress leader said that she learnt to listen to people's stories and find a place for them in her heart. She added that from Rajiv Gandhi she learnt how to keep smiling and keep walking no matter how difficult the path might be.
Read the excerpt Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared from "My father moved through dooms of love", a poem by EE Cummings:
"Lifting the valleys of the sea
my father moved through griefs of joy;
praising a forehead called the moon
singing desire into begin
joy was his song and joy so pure
a heart of star by him could steer
and pure so now and now so yes
the wrists of twilight would rejoice"
From my father, I learned how to listen to people’s stories and find a place in my heart for them no matter how contrary to mine they might be.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 20, 2019
From him, I learned how to keep smiling and keep walking no matter how difficult the path might be.#RajivGandhi75 #SadbhavanaDiwas pic.twitter.com/O4W8d9cUL5
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter to celebrate former PM Rajiv Gandhi on the occasion of his 75 birth anniversary. Calling Rajiv Gandhi a patriot and a visionary, Gandhi added that for him, the former PM was a loving father who taught him "never to hate, to forgive and to love all beings".
Today we celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi ji, a patriot & a visionary, whose far sighted policies helped build India.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 20, 2019
To me, he was a loving father who taught me never to hate, to forgive & to love all beings. #Rajiv75 #SadbhavanaDiwas pic.twitter.com/gaozH8h06r
Congress leaders including party's Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Rahul Gandhi also paid their tribute to the former PM at the Parliament. During the occasion, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP veteran LK Advani, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy and other MPs were also present to pay their tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, in the Parliament.
Delhi: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, LK Advani, Subramanian Swamy, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other MPs pay tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, in the Parliament. pic.twitter.com/eSvrfKTry8— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2019