The India of my Dreams

By L.K. Advani   |   Saturday, 15 August 1987

Lord Macaulay once cynically remarked that an acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia. Hard-boiled politicians may be inclined to agree with this dictum, and scoff at dreamers. But independent India is acutely conscious of the fact that it is the dreams of visionaries like Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Tagore and Gandhi that have inspired the nation during the freedom struggle and finally helped liberate it. These great seers, each in his own inimitable way, described the India of their dreams—a great and glorious India, commanding the respect of the entire world. I hold that India’s Constitution-makers very ably encapsulated these dreams of theirs in the Preamble to the Constitution, which beckons to the day when all Indian citizens would secure:

Justice,     social, economic and political;

Liberty     of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

Equality     of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all;

Fraternity    assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity of the Nation’.

As a political activist, I identify myself completely with this sublime, yet eminently attainable, vision of future India. I longingly look forward to its realisation.

(From my article in The Illustrated Weekly of India, Independence Day special, 1987)