April 19

1946

President Ho Chi Minh attended a Government Council meeting to discuss the army’s food budget, to set up a department for southern ethnic minorities and financial matters.

The President also sent a letter to the Congress of Southern Ethnic Minority Groups in Pleiku, Gia Lai Province.

He wrote, “Be they Kinh or Tho, Muong or Man, Gia-rai or Ede, Xo-dang or Ba Na and other ethnic minorities, fellow-countrymen are all Vietnamese ancestors' children and siblings in a family.

“Through thick and thin we share together joy and hardship, and help mutually in any circumstance.  Therefore, our people of all ethnicities must unite to defend our country and support our government".

“Rivers may dry up and mountains may erode but our unity has never diminished. We are determined to bring our forces together to maintain our freedom and independence.”

1949

In a letter to his relatives Hoang Phan Kinh and Tran Le Huu, President Ho Chi Minh expressed his sentiment that, “I can’t return to visit the fatherland town not because of my indifference to it. While the French troops invaded the country and trampled it, every Vietnamese person ought to sacrifice their houses and own feelings for the country. Being a faithful servant of the country, I must do better.”

In the letter, he also analyzed the shortcomings of the new government of socialist republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh said, “Vietnamese people have just overthrown the feudal regime that has ruled the country for thousands, and we have broken nearly one century long chains of slavery to build a new country.

“While we were toppling old walls of an regime and building a new castle, it is sure that there were shavings, broken bricks and other trash along the way, yet we will clean them gradually and gradually.

“Vietnamese people have made great achievements in founding a new state but it is unavoidable to have faults. We would do our utmost to correct these shortcomings, we will certainly eliminate them. My obligation is also that of the government, all agencies, local administrations and every person. We must do something useful for the nation.

“I hope two uncles Kinh and Huu to speed up residents to volunteer to join country-loving movements, in such a way that Nam Dan becomes a model district and Nghe An Province be a model province in the fight and building.”

1959

Participating in the 16th conference of the central committee to discuss the agricultural cooperative movement, President Ho Chi Minh drew participants’ attention to the construction of a martyrs’ cemetery to repay them for their sacrifice and educate our traiditions.

1966

Speaking at a meeting of the Politburo on political struggle in the South, President Ho Chi Minh proposed full instructions for students’ movements and maintaining public movements, including detailed slogans appropriate for each class.

He added that movements must rely on army victories to provoke political supremacy, as well as act as propaganda for even American soldiers.

By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Quan Vu

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