WHAT THEY SAY FOR ATATÜRK!
Kemal Atatürk was my hero in my youth. We were dealing with our own
independance movement at the time. Me and my friends were imprisoned. We were in
jail, watching Kemal Pasha’s struggle to save Turkey from foreign dominion. I
can never forget our celebration and happiness in jail when we heard about his
great victory. Later, we read about his reforms. At those times it was
impossible for us to comprehend those reforms.
I highly appreciated the moves of Kemal Pasha. His dynamism and potential was
to be highly admired. I wanted so much to visit him, however I didn’t have the
chance. I’m really sorry for that. He is one of those who created the modern era
in the East. I will keep being one of his greatest admirers.
Pandit NEHRU, Prime Minister of India
Kemal Atatürk has been more constructive and creative than all the
personalities of power balances within Europe that were created by the war. His
great success in military saved his country from the rule of foreign powers.
After many defeats, his talented diplomacy won Turkey an important international
reputation in Europe. He managed to save his country from disgrace and coped
with all sorts of threats and dangers.
A Hindu Leader
Contrary to other dictators or leaders, Kemal Atatürk did not force people in
relation with him to accept his political and social views. He always wanted to
review his reformist plan with his people. He believed that this was the only
way to be successful and he tried his best to convince the Turkish people. Kemal
Atatürk disliked two things, being proud of himself and being threatened.
He fought unforgivingly with the enemies of the Republic. After the State was
secure from possible enemy threats, he prepared a democratic basis for the
citizens of his country for more freedom and opportunities. He was always
against totalitarian party mechanisms. Under his rule, Turkey became a strong
constitutional Republican, democratic country.
Civil and Military Newspaper
Today, the National Assembly accepted the resolution to send a condolence
message to Turkey on the death of the Great Leader and decided to cease its
meeting for one day in order to show its respect. The resolution was offered by
the Congress Party leader Mr. Buhulabhal Desai and was supported by all other
leaders in the Assembly. President of the Assembly, Mr. Abdürrahim said:
“Atatürk was a man who had a great influence on the world’s politics. His
effect on most of Asia and its people was functional and exceptional.”
Delhi, 14th November, 1938
Speeches were given and poems were read for Atatürk at the National Assembly
of India and everyone cried for him.
Times Correspondent in Delhi
Once, Asia used to be proud of its glamorous past with its immense
civilizations in order to avoid its shameful misery of today. Later, we saw Asia
immitating Europe in a dark and desperate era. The forthcoming of Renaissence
was a miracle and Asia began to show itself. In the far
east, Japan has managed to arrange its sources according to the necessities
of the new age and has achieved a reputation among the top countries on the
world. It is a shame that its acts of arrogance will bring its end and from now
on, it is impossible to take it as the possible deliverer of Asia’s reputation.
While we had turned our faces to the reborn Turkey as a hope, we heard the
bitter news about Kemal’s death. Before Kemal appeared on the scene and reminded
us about the victorious past of Asia, Turkey was seen as a Sick Man in Europe.
His deeds have given us a new hope of life in the east and that is why we highly
admire Kemal’s spirit. His death is a great loss for Turkey, as well as for the
whole world. Kemal Pasha’s bravery is not only on the battlefield. He has leaded
a tough war against the treachery of ignorance, perhaphs the most difficult war
a nation can ever face. He was a great deliverer of his people. He should be a
great example for us.
Rabindranath, Indian Philosopher
His inspiring success has placed him easily in the Milky Way of the immortals
where every generation will respect him forever.
Sir Sinkandar Hayat KHAN, Prime Minister of Pencab
He was one of the greatest men the world has ever seen.
Star Of India, Delhi
Atatürk was the leader of the Turkish Nation as well as all other nations of
the world fighting for independence. You have reached independence under his
directives. We have reached independence walking in his path as well.
Ms. Sucheta KRIPALANI, President of the Indian Parliament Committee