Nehru thus evolved a design of promoting secularism through social transformation eradicating inequality and development eradicating backwardness. Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Vol I, Indian Edition, Popular Prakashan, Bombay, 1964. Laurence Housman In South Africa, his success was complete; in India it was very considerable; and had his following been larger and more uniformly nonviolent, his pacific instrument would have triumphed. He was assassinated while campaigning in 1991. The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity. He sacrifices the very existence of humanity to the non-existence of God.
Sending the British home was only the first step. Service without humility is selfishness and egotism. We must ask the question: Why does religion retain its hold on the backward sections of the town proletariat, on broad sections of the semi-proletariat, and on the mass of the peasantry? Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men. Gandhi was critical of the term 'tolerance' as he though it was patronizing, as if the one who uses it has a firm belief in the superiority of his own faith and was magnanimous enough to allow other faiths to exist under his confirmed superiority. New Delhi : Aditya Prakashan. Majority of the makers of modern India, shaped as they were, by European thoughts and practices, were ardent supporters of secularism as well. It must be noted that the soil for the growth of those forces is provided by ignorance and backwardness on the one hand and inequality and exploitation on the other.
He was ubiquitous and palpable, both in a physical and a cyber-spectral form, to the extent that his death took on something of the feel of an exorcism. In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always. However, the man known today for his calm, courage and compassion in the face of oppression was not always comfortable before the crowds. Imitation is the sincerest flattery. The moral idiots, meanwhile, like Falwell and Robertson and Rabbi Lapin, announce that this clerical aggression is a punishment for our secularism.
Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. I do not believe that multiplication of wants and machinery contrived to supply them is taking the world a single step nearer its goal… I whole-heartedly detest this mad desire to destroy distance and time, to increase animal appetites and go to the ends of the earth in search of their satisfaction. Then I wanted time for writing. The most effective way of preventing this alliance of religious fanatics and vested interests from spreading their influence among the poor and the underprivileged is to accelerate the process of mass-oriented development and the implementation of urgent social reforms. The thrust of our poverty alleviation programmes is on the uplift of the farmers. It is derogatory to the dignity of mankind, it is derogatory to the dignity of India, to entertain for one single moment hatred towards Englishmen.
I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Where death without resistance or death after resistance is the only way, neither party should think of resorting to law-courts or help from the government. He knew the cause of secular unification was lost for good, but he could not tolerate the non-accommodation of the harijans within the fold of the Hindu community. To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
It conveys the idea of social and political equality. He became the 6th and the youngest Prime Minister of India at the age of 40. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. He put great stress on prayer, non-violence and celibacy as ways of spiritual enlightenment and believed that salvation was the ultimate goal of life. He wanted penance for crimes of discrimination that have been perpetuated for thousands of years as he wanted society to work hard to relocate the untouchables on an equal footing with the other members of society.
My life is an indivisible whole, and all my attitudes run into one another; and they all have their rise in my insatiable love for mankind. If India is not to declare spiritual bankruptcy, religious instruction of its youth must be held to be at least as necessary as secular instruction. Gandhiji laughed and said — Rajeev! They stood rock-like, unwavering and death-defying in the face of the overwhelming torrents of religious fanaticism and fundamentalism, and in the pursuit of the secularist ideal. Almost all parts of the Constitution, including the preamble, was changed with this amendment. Gandhi's Secularism and India Gandhi's secular theories took on a special significance in the particular context of the Indian national movement.
The anti-secular offensive can be resisted only by a nationwide dialogue and debate among people representing all points of the view. Secularism as a modern political and constitutional principle involves two basic propositions. Gandhiji laughed and said — Rajeev! Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. This is one of my favorite Gandhi quote. All the sages have declared from the house-tops that man can be his own worst enemy as well as his best friend. To quote: When occasions present themselves in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of persons, whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusions, in order to give them time and opportunity for cool and sedate reflection.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. And yet for want of better word, we have used it. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. He is not an outsider in our business. Daniel Thorner 1980: 25-26 The promoter of the secular idea in India was thus not the colonial power-elite; the pioneers of the secular ideal were the anti-colonial sections of the Indian elite, which derived inspiration from modern Western thought and specially from the English industrial and French political revolutions.
How wrong, how foolish, to have announced its discovery prematurely! An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words. The golden rule to apply in all such cases is resolutely to refuse to have what millions cannot. There could not have been a finer affirmation of the force of life, so warmly and authentically counterposed to the hysterical celebration of death, and of that death-in-life that is experienced in the stultifications of theocracy, where womanhood and music and literature are stifled and young men mutated into robotic slaughterers. See also There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. If we look back in history in the life of women in the pre-modern Islamic world, their life was very different than the life of a woman in the Islamic society today. A is unjust by accident.