02 March, 2021

Towards Owning India

While we are busy talking of second generation reforms and disinvestments isn't it time to truly take ownership of our own country?
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Towards Owning India
"And yet the same revolutionary beliefs of which our forbears are still at issue—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God."
—President John F. Kennedy, inaugural address

"A measure of political liberty meant little indeed when the fear of starvation was always compelling the vast majority of people everywhere to submit to the will of the few, to the greater glory and advantage of the latter. Russia apart, the theory and philosophy of Marxism lightened up many a dark corner of my mind. While all other systems were groping about in the dark, Marxism alone explained it more or less satisfactorily and offered a real solution."
—Towards Freedom: Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru

And there lies the difference. While Kennedy expounded on the birthright of every individual, Nehru believed it was only the state that could be trusted to remove poverty. His daughter Indira continued his legacy, mistrusting and contemptuous of the business world, they believed that the state in their hands...

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