October 12

1937

File photo of President Ho Chi Minh

Nguyen Ai Quoc sent condolences to André Marty, the head of the Communist International’s Eastern Department and a member of the Communist Party of France, for the death of Paul Vaillant Couturier, one of the leaders of the Party and a close friend of his.

1944

In a “Letter to the people,” Ho Chi Minh analyzed the revolutionary situation, put forth some urgent tasks, and pointed out: “The opportunity for national liberation must be taken within one or one and a half years. Time is of the essence. We must grasp that opportunity soon.

“Firstly, we must build an apparatus that represents the unity and unanimity of our people… That apparatus must be elected by a national congress that gets all political parties and patriotic organizations together. Such an apparatus will have enough strength and prestige to lead the national liberation, build the country, and set up foreign relations.”

1945

In “How can we win the hearts of the people?” in Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) magazine, President Ho Chi Minh pointed out “some people’s committees had faced more complaints from the public than compliments. Those people’s committees did not gain the people’s love and respect but were despised.”

The cause, he wrote, was the fact that “some local leaders and officials were always high-handed and domineering in treating the people.”

He advised: “To gain people’s trust and love, we must do everything that benefits the people and avoid doing anything that is harmful to them. We must pay attention to resolving problems that affect people’s life.

“In brief, to gain the people’s love and respect we must firstly love them and put their rights and interests above all else. In addition, we must show public-spiritedness and selflessness in dealing with other people and in your work.”

1950

The President met some French prisoners of war, including Lieutenant Colonels Le Pay and Charton, who were captured in the Border Campaign. As “a political counselor,” the President spoke with them, comforted them, and treated them with humanity.

1953

In a message to Prince Souphanuvong on the eighth anniversary of Laos’ announcement of independence and the establishment of the Laos Resistance Government, the President wrote: “I surely believe that in the fight against our common enemy for freedom and independence, the Lao, Cambodian, and Vietnamese peoples, with their close unity, will surely to gain total victory.”

1958

Visiting Dai Tu Farming Cooperative on the outskirts of Hanoi, the President said: “If the cooperative’s summer-crop productivity can reach 2.5 tons of rice per hectare, I will return here to join you in a meal with rice.”

1966

Attending the Congress of the People’s Police in Hanoi, the President advised: “In general, all members of the People’s Police are good, since they are absolutely loyal to the Party and people. They deserve to be trusted by the Party and people.

He expressed his belief that “the People’s Police will become an unbeatable revolutionary force if it can improve its shortcomings.”

By Duong Trung Quoc* and his assistants 
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Truc Thinh

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