In a scenario where anti-national sentiments and statements are at their peak and cries of separatists are being met by fierce speeches from our leaders, here’s a look at 25 of the most powerful, nationalistic quotes by our leaders in the past:
1: Jawaharlal Nehru:
Citizenship consists in the service of the country.
2: Dr B R Ambedkar:
Unlike the drop of water which loses its identity on joining the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society he lives in. He is born not for the development of society alone, but for the development of himself.
3: Dr B R Ambedkar:
We are Indians, firstly and lastly.
4: Dr B R Ambedkar:
I measure the progress of the community by the degree of progress women have achieved.
5: Lal Bahadur Shastri:
We want freedom for our country, but not at the exploitation of others, not us to degrade other countries … I want the freedom of my country so that other countries may learn something from my free country so that the resources of my country might be utilized for the benefit of mankind.
6: Lal Bahadur Shastri:
India will have to hang her head in shame if even one person is left who is said in any way to be untouchable.
7: Gulzarilal Nanda:
Water gushing out at thousands of springs at different places cannot move the wheels of a big engine to carry out very heavy tasks. But the channelled flow of the same water in the bed of stream will, however, be irresistible and can become a source of tremendous energy.
8: Charan Singh:
The true India resides in its villages.
9: Indira Gandhi:
Martyrdom doesn’t end something. It is only the beginning.
10: Indira Gandhi:
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
11: Indira Gandhi:
Even if I died in the service of the nation, I would be proud of it. Every drop of my blood…. will contribute to the growth of this nation and to make it strong and dynamic.
12: Rajiv Gandhi:
For some days people thought India was shaking. But there are always tremors when a great tree falls.
13: Rajiv Gandhi:
India is an old country but a young nation… I am young and I too have a dream, I dream of an India that is strong, independent, self-reliant and in the front rank of nations of the world, in the service of mankind.
14: Rajiv Gandhi:
Women are the social conscience of a country. They hold our societies together.
15: Chandra Shekhar:
Post Independence, the constitution that we have drafted, gives every Indian – rich or poor, educated or uneducated, man or woman – the right to determine the destiny of this great nation.
16: Chandra Shekhar:
Our panchayat raj, Our democracy… are the biggest strength of our nation and we want to use this strength to make our great nation.
17: Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
You can change friends but not neighbours.
18: Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
It is time we understood how to come together an work. This is not just to address the coalition of various parties but to address the internal politics of parties itself.
19: Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
I don’t understand the kind of curse that has been cast on our great nation. In the time of need, we stand together to face the evil but the moment we overcome it, we embark on a mission to bring each other down.
20: Atal Bihari Vajpayee:
This country isn’t the result of magic. We’ve worked hard, we’ve mobilised people for it.
21: Manmohan Singh:
The Chinese have certain advantages. The fact that it’s a single party government. But I do believe in the long run, the fact that India is a functioning democracy committed to the rule of law, our system is slow to move but I’m confident that once decisions are taken, they are going to be far more durable.
22: Narendra Modi:
I dream of an India that is a hub of opportunities. We can’t restrict ourselves to skills only, we need to encourage entrepreneurship.
23: Narendra Modi:
India is a democracy; it is in our DNA.
24: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam:
We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
25: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam:
No sanction can stand against ignited minds.