Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers... of religion, caste, colour, party, nation, province, language, customs and of rich and poor. Thus they live in prisons of their own making. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when they grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders. I hope you will take a long time in growing up...(Excerpt from : Jawaharlal Nehru's letter to Children on December 3, 1949)
India has had six prime ministers since independence. The first prime
minister was Jawaharlal Nehru, the best politician amongst all the political
leaders of the world, for the simple reason that he was not a politician. He was
drawn to the freedom struggle of India, and had no idea of being in power. He
was not meant to be a politician. He had such a sensitive soul that he could
have been a great poet, painter, musician - anything, but not a politician.
I had several meetings with him. He was in absolute agreement with my ideas, but said to me with tears in his eyes, "Whatsoever you are saying can transform the whole future of India, but you don't have any idea of the collective mind of the masses. They cannot understand what you are saying; they will be against you. You cannot succeed in transforming their mind, you can only succeed in being crucified by them."