NEW DELHI: Veteran BJP leader Lal Krishan Advani today said that ‘being independent was not enough’ and a lot more work was required to enhance India’s global position. He was speaking at a flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day at his home.
“I am very happy that India is celebrating 70 years of being independent. I was present along with my countrymen at the celebrations in the Red Fort today. A lot still needs to be done in independent India and India must enhance its prestige in the world,” Mr Advani said.
“Mere independence is not enough for patriots, but an important task is to transform independence into self-governance. The entire country must be dedicated to this task today and I am confident that India will earn a good name world over as a self-governed and best ruled country.”
On Kashmir, Mr Advani who is a former deputy prime minister said, “It is for the new government which is ruling the country to ensure that independence becomes self-governance.”
“These days the big crisis before countries is terrorism. I hope India will not lag behind in overcoming this crisis. We are fighting this menace and I am fully confident that we will win over it,” Mr Advani said when asked about happenings in PoK.
Mr Advani also recalled how soon after India’s independence he along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was tasked with steering the Bhartiya Jana Sangh’s activities in Delhi.