Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of Ho Chi Minh) participated at a meeting of the Socialist Party of France, where he handed out leaflets on ‘Claims of the Annamite People,’ which was sent to the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919.
|President Ho Chi Minh sought to ‘Improve revolutionary morality and wipe out individualism’ in an article published in Nhan Dan (People) newspaper in 1969 (Photo: Thehehochiminh)|
An article, ‘It is advisable to learn our nation’s history,’ by Nguyen Ai Quoc was published in Viet Nam Doc Lap (Independent Vietnam) newspaper. He advised, ‘Our people must learn our history, so that we can know much about our origins and traditions.’
Concluding, he emphasized, ‘Our history gives us a lesson: Whenever our entire people unite, our country obtains independence and liberty; whenever our people are divided, our country is invaded by foreign forces.’
The President disguised himself as an old man wearing a traditional costume when he visited Ngoc Son Temple to celebrate the country’s first Spring of Independence. Accompanying him was an American reporter, according to Cuu Quoc (Save the Fatherland) newspaper.
In his message to cadres and soldiers, the President expressed his belief that ‘I hope you boost your determination and continue our stubborn struggle, turning this Spring into a Spring of great victory.’ His wish came true three months later on May 7, 1954, when Vietnam defeated the French colonialists at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
“Individualism must be wiped out”
This was a call by President Ho Chi Minh in an important article, ‘Improve revolutionary morality and wipe out individualism,’ in the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper forty years ago.
He wrote, ‘There remains a minority of party members and officials whose morality and virtue are poor. There are those contracting individualism and are always thinking about the interests of themselves first. It is individualism that undermines our solidarity, organization, discipline and responsibility […]. It is a must to wipe out individualism and to promote revolutionary morality.’
By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly.