New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi has observed that in stressing on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s ideals the party is not caught in a time warp or merely reiterating the conventional wisdom of fifty years ago.

“Rather, Nehru himself with an open and questing mind would have evolved with time, even while remaining anchored to his core beliefs. What were these beliefs,” she said and then went on to list these as democracy, secularism, socialism and non-alignment.

She was speaking at a seminar on “Renewing India’s Commitment to Jawaharlal Nehru’s Vision”, to mark the 50th death anniversary of the first Prime Minister.

Party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia, Prof. Mushirul Hassan and ex diplomat Chinmay Garekhan, also spoke about various aspects of Nehru’s contribution to the shaping of the idea of India and the making of India.

The Congress president said that these principles formed the core of Indian nationhood, and the party will do everything to defend and uphold them.

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