The India of My Dreams

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As we approach the Independence Day it is good to recall to our minds the India that the Father of the Nation dreamt of.  Mahatma Gandhi wrote the following text on September 3, 1931:

I shall strive for a constitution which will release India from all thraldom and patronage, and give her, if need be, the right to sin. I shall work for an India in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country in whose making they have an effective voice; an India in which there shall be no high class and low class of people; an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony.

There can be no room in such an India for the curse of untouchability or the curse of intoxicating drinks and drugs. Women will enjoy the same rights as men. Since we shall be at peace with all the rest of the world, neither exploiting nor being exploited, we should have the smallest army imaginable.

All interests not in conflict with the interests of the dumb millions will be scrupulously respected, whether foreign or indigenous. Personally, I hate distinction between foreign and indigenous.

This is the India of my dreams for which I shall struggle… I shall be satisfied with nothing less.

[The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (electronic book),  vol. 53, p. 312]

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