October 14

1919

In the “Letter to Mr. Outrey” published in Le Populaire, Nguyen Ai Quoc rejected accusations by a big landowner who was a member of the Colonial Council in South Vietnam and France’s Lower House.

The article said: “If I am hunted or sentenced in Indochina for what the brazen French colonialists called ‘acting against France’, I would have nothing to feel ashamed about. On the contrary, I will be very proud of it.”

President Ho Chi Minh meets residents on Co To Islands off the northern province of Quang Ninh on May 9, 1961 (File photo)

1925

Nguyen Ai Quoc received a letter from the Presidium of the Peasant International asking him, as a representative of the organization, to contact the Chinese Nationalist Party, develop the Peasants' Association in Guangzhou and other Chinese provinces, and admit those associations to the Farmers International, an affiliate of the Communist International.

1945

President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter of thanks to bishops and parishioners in Vinh city and Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces in reply to their letter in which they had said: “Even if we have to sacrifice our lives for building a totally liberal and happy country, we will not hesitate to do so.”

The President wrote: “This proves that you are true patriots and also true followers of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for the freedom and happiness of humankind. Similarly, our people, both religious and non-religious, are sacrificing for the nation’s freedom and happiness.”

The same day he sent a message to Marshal Chiang Kai-shek suggesting Nationalist China to support Vietnam to take part in the Far East Consultative Committee in the UN.

1947

The President completed a book titled Reforming Working Styles, in which he highlighted the qualifications required by Government officials and revolutionary cadres.

In a chapter titled “Duties of Party members and cadres,” the book said: “Our Party has no other benefit but the benefit of the nation and fatherland. Thus, our Party must organize, lead, liberate the people and improve their lives as well as their political and cultural knowledge.

“Since liberating the people means liberating the Party, every member of the Party should keep in mind that individual interests must be placed below the interest of the Party. The benefit of each division must be put under the benefit of the whole organization. Temporary interest must serve the long-term interest.

“At any time and in any task, Party members and cadres must put the Party’s interest above all other things. This is the foremost principle of our Party and is the Party’s nature.
 
“Being greedy for power and fame, being self-interested, claiming oneself a hero or being vainglorious are against the Party’s interest.”

1950

One behalf of the Government, the President sent a letter of praise to people in Cao Bang, Bac Kan, and Lang Son provinces for their military victories in the Border Operation.

He wrote: “The people in Cao-Bac-Lang have set an example in mobilizing manpower, materials, and funds for the resistance war. I believe people in these provinces will continue to strive for more glorious achievements.”

1961

The President led a Labor Party of Vietnam delegation to the Soviet Union for the 22th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. 

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

Translated by Quang Hung

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