Must read for the day is Babasaheb’s address
(to the constituent assembly….here are some gems)
1. The earth belongs to the living, not the dead (hence we have a right to reinterpret the constitutions’s spirit).
“…and suppose that preceding generations held the earth more freely than we do; had a right to impose laws on us, unalterable by ourselves, and that we, in the like manner, can make laws and impose burdens on future generations,
which they will have no right to alter; in fine, that the earth belongs to the dead and not the living”
2. But equally we can’t bind future generations, which we totally are, in the way we are consuming and eating up the planet:
“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of the majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country”. — Thomas Jefferson
3. Not over-doing civil resistance (and one of the reasons why Blue Ribbon Movement approaches ‘sangharsh’ with caution)
“The first thing in my judgement we must do is to
hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, noncooperation and satyagraha.”
4. A strict warning to any blind devotion and ‘bhakti’
“The second thing we must do is to observe the caution which John Stuart Mill has given to all who are interested in the maintenance of democracy, namely, not “to lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man, or to trust him with power which enable him to subvert their institutions.”There is nothing wrong in being grateful to great men who have rendered life-long services to the country. But there are limits to gratefulness….”
(that would include everyone from Gandhi and Babasaheb to Rahul and Modi)
5. And finally why political democracy is not enough, which is the case for more equality in our society…
“The third thing we must do is not to be content with mere political democracy. We must make our political democracy a social democracy as well. Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy.”
It’s a good day to read this entire speech and ruminate on it…please give it a shot…my dear brother or sister…my dear dear fellow Indian!