The Architect of Modern India
One shudders to think what India might have become if Nehru had not taken the reins of a newly independent country, cathartic and weak in body but strong in spirit, and resolutely guided it on a path of secular, democratic self determination to its rightful place in the world.
From his written works we catch a glimpse into the man intellect and understanding of the world. Nehru was well beyond his time and eons ahead of his contemporaries at a time of great promise and peril. His works are a testament to his magnanimity, scientific temper, and idealism.
Nehru by his own admission was a queer mix of East and West. Indian in blood and color, but western in every other way; the elements so mixed that nature itself might stand up and say to all the world 'this was a man’. It was this blend that made him a champion of freedom and statesman extraordinaire.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta