KM Munshi on Nehru’s disapproval of the renovation of Somnath

I can assure you that the ‘Collective Subconscious’ of India today is happier with the scheme of reconstruction of Somnath sponsored by the Government of India than with many other things that we have done and are doing. It is my faith in our past which has given me the strength to work in the present and to look forward to our future. I cannot value India’s freedom if it deprives us of the Bhagavad Gita or uproots our millions from the faith with which they look upon our temples and thereby destroys the texture of our lives. I have been given the privilege of seeing my incessant dream of Somnath reconstruction come true. That makes me feel – makes me almost sure – that this shrine once restored to a place of importance in our life will give to our people a purer conception of religion and a more vivid consciousness of our strength, so vital in these days of freedom and its trials.

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J B Kriplani over the outcome of 1972 Elections

If the present pattern of stable governments both at the Centre and in the States is allowed to last, we would not be in the process of getting a dictatorial party and the dictator at its head but we have already got them. This is stability with a vengeance! Democracy, as we have said earlier, can prosper only where there is a possibility of change. It is wrong to think that periodical changes in the government, whether in favour of a single party or a coalition of parties, is undesirable in a democracy. Most countries on the continent of Europe have no two parties, alternately enjoying power and being in Opposition, as in England and the US. There are generally multi-purpose coalition governments. Also there are frequent changes to the ruling party, or parties. It is notorious that in France before Gen. Charles de Gaulle, there were changes in the Ministry every six months. France did not, on that account suffer very much, in its political, economic and social life. The failure of coalition governments in India was due to their being in an experimental stage, apart from manoeuvre against them by the Centre. It is not necessary that it should always be so. But stable governments, as we have got today at the Centre and in the States, are a menace to democracy. The nation, therefore, may be very well apprehensive of the stable governments that have been recently established.

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Namdev on Ravana

सरब सोइन की लंका होती रावन से अिधकाई खन मिह भई पराई तेरा नामु रूड़ो रूपु रूड़ो अित रं ग रूड़ो मेरो रामईआ

Lanka was totally rich with gold. Nobody was more powerful than Ravana but in a second it was all gone. Your Name is so beautiful! Your form is so beautiful! Your Love is so very beautiful, O Rama!!!

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Kabir on Ravana

जिन गड़ कोट कीए कं चन के छोिड गइआ सो रावनु काहे कीजतु है मिन भावन! किह कबीर ते अंते मुकते जन्ह हरदै राम रसाइनु:

Translation: Ravan acted as it pleased his mind. In the end, he died leaving behind his fortresses of gold. Says kabir, only those who has sublime essence of ‘Ram’ in their hearts are liberated

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John Sullivan

Upon extermination of a Native State, the Englishman takes the
place of the sovereign, under the name of commissioner; three or
four of his associates displace as many dozen of the Indian official
aristocracy; while some hundreds of our troops take the place of the
many thousands that every Indian chief supports. The little Court
disappears — trade languishes — the capital decays — the people are
impoverished — the Englishman flourishes, and acts like a sponge,
drawing up riches from the banks of the Ganges, and squeezing them
down upon the banks of the Thames.

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Kamaraj Nadar on his not becoming Prime Minister of India in 1964

No Hindi, no English, how?

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Supreme Court Bench over a Terrorist asking Parole for his Daughter’s Marriage

If someone is involved in heinous offence of indiscriminate killing of innocents, then it’s better he forgets his family ties. No parole or interim bail should be granted to them to attend any family exigencies

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