On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released the book titled ‘लोकतंत्र के उत्सव की अनकही कहानी’. It is the Hindi version of the book“An undocumented wonder: The making of the great Indian Election authored by Dr. S.Y.Quraishi Former Chief Election Commissioner of India and Chairman of IILM Board of Governors. The book was released in the presence of Chief Election Commissioner, Shri A.K. Joti and other dignitaries at IILM, Lodhi Road on 15 September 2017.
The event begun with Dr. S.Y.Quraishi addressing the audience regarding the importance of election process in India and added how his book pens down the insights and undocumented experiences that captures the challenges and achievements of election management.
Shri A. K. Joti, Chief Election Commissioner of India congratulated Dr. Quraishi and spoke about the remarkable journey of election commission as stated in Dr. Quraishi’s book. He mentioned about the impeccable role and responsibility of election commission during the electoral process which starts right from promotion campaigns to voting to counting and finally ends at declaring the results.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu gave an insightful address to the audience after releasing the book. He emphasized on 4 positive Cs – ‘Character, Calibre, Capacity and Conduct’ to consider before voting instead of three negative Cs – ‘Caste, Community and Cash’. Shri Naidu further mentioned about the importance of each individual and how each vote counts in a democratic country like India, he added that there should be a debate on electoral reforms that can transform India into a more vibrant democracy which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.
The day 15th September, 2017 also marked the onset of ‘Swacch Hi Sewa” Campaign and IILM Chairperson Mrs. Malvika Rai concluded the event with a pledge to support for a new India which is clean, skilled, educated, healthy, prosperous and inclusive as envisioned by Shri M. VenkaiahNaidu.