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Values of the Indian Freedom Struggle


The Indian National Movement was based on certain values and principles, that have further guided the constitutional development in India. It upheld the values of secularism, socialism, democracy and humanism. Most of these values evolved and emerged as a result of the struggle against the British rule.

Secularism

Indian society is a kaleidoscopic community, with different religious and ethnic communities. It represents a truly plural society. Religious aspects have influenced the life of the people to a great extent. The intermingling of the different religious communities have given a sense of toleration among different communities.

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[Part 2] Lessons from Indian Thinkers: Jawaharlal Nehru


Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Nationalism and Internationalism

Nehru was a pioneer nationalist. He is also remembered as an internationalist par excellence. His ideas present a harmonious blend of nationalism and internationalism. He understood the influence and role of nationalism in getting independence to the different colonies, like India. Nationalism binds the masses together, by creating a degree of unity, vigor and vitality. However, he carefully rejected the narrow understanding of nationalism, that are based on fanatic and communal ideas. He also opposed the tendency of jingoism, that sees other nations as enemies. Read More…

[Part 1] Lessons from Indian Thinkers: Jawaharlal Nehru


Jawaharlala Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru has been hailed as one of the chief architects of the modern Indian state. Nehru was a great statesman and an idealist. He never vowed before the conservative forces, that tried to obstruct the development of the nation. However, unlike Gandhi, he did not put the concept of spirituality at the centre of his concern. But, his ideas remained equally humane, rational and this-worldly. He stood against the forces of communalism, casteism, landlordism and religious taboos. His accommodating attitude guided the infant Indian state through the most challenging phases. Read More…