|Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong gives a speech at the event. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HUNG YEN (VNS) — Party and State leaders yesterday attended a celebration of the 100th birth anniversary (July 1) of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh in Hung Yen Province, his birthplace.
The ceremony began with a string of musical performances honouring Linh's life and revolutionary career.
In his opening address, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong spoke of the late leader as a bright student of President Ho Chi Minh.
He said he was a staunch communist soldier, a reputable leader of the Party, State and people, and a trustworthy friend.
Nguyen Van Linh, General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1986-1991, was born Nguyen Van Cuc on July 1, 1915, into the family of a civil servant based in Ha Noi.
A year after joining the patriotic movement at 14, he was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by the French colonialists. He was jailed on Con Dao Island, dubbed "hell on earth" until 1936, when the Popular Front won the election in France.
After his release, he became Secretary of the Party Committee of Hai Phong City. In early 1939, he was sent to Sai Gon (now HCM City) and became Deputy Secretary of the Sai Gon Party Committee. Later the same year, he was assigned to the central region with a mission to restore Party organisations there. He was once again arrested and imprisoned in Con Dao by the French colonial regime in early 1941.
With the success of the August Revolution in 1945, Nguyen Van Linh was, for a second time, set free. He returned to Nam Bo (Southern region), where he continued to fight for national re-unification and the liberation of the South in his capacity as Secretary of the Sai Gon-Cho Lon municipal Party Committee, Secretary of the Sai Gon-Cho Lon Special Zone Party Committee and Secretary of the Nam Bo Party Committee.
|Party and State leaders attend celebrations marking the 100th birth anniversary of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh in Hung Yen Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
Following national re-unification, Nguyen Van Linh served as Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee. He was elected Party General Secretary at the sixth National Party Congress in December 1986, and became the first Party leader to lead and organise the execution of the Party resolution on "Doi Moi" (renewal), which marked a historic turning point in Viet Nam's revolutionary cause.
Nguyen Van Linh initiated the principles of "Doi Moi" while maintaining its socialist orientation. He also promoted the Party's leadership, bringing into full play the people's right to mastery as reflected in the motto "people know, people discuss, people do and people inspect".
The Doi Moi process has since brought about significant successes, laying firm foundations for the country to accelerate in the next era.
Linh and the Party Central Committee also devoted great efforts to cleaning up Party and State mechanisms. His column in the Nhan Dan (The People) newspaper, titled "Things to be done immediately," won public acclaim for attacking negative phenomena in the community and creating an open and democratic social atmosphere.
Party leader Trong said Linh was an example for members of the Party both in term of morals and virtues. Linh dedicated his life to care for the lives of the people, to become part of the people, to understand the people and to learn from the wisdom of the people.
Linh was able to win the heart and respect of his people, his comrades through the willingness to listen and respect their opinions, even when they were not in line with his.
Trong pledged to push comprehensive reforms, build a strong and transparent Party closely attached to the people, prepare for the all-level Party Congresses and the 12th National Party Congress and propel a prosperous, democratic, equitable and civilised country on its way towards socialism.
Speaking at the event, Secretary of the Hung Yen Province Party Committee, Nguyen Van Thong, recalled that Linh's advice to the Party Committee and locals had helped Hung Yen achieve economic growth of more than 10 per cent since 1997 and contribute nearly VND7.3 trillion (US$347.6 million) to the State Budget last year.
Yesterday morning, a delegation of the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, the State and Government, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front and Hung Yen authorities laid a wreath at a memorial dedicated to the late Party chief at the province's Central Square. — VNS