Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The dreams face hurdles

[A moral chaos has engulfed the nation and the culture of corruption is spreading fast. Viewed as one of the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world, India now runs the risk of being destroyed by the virus of corruption in her politics, administration and economy... Look at the Indian Parliament. What an uninspiring spectacle it is. The 14th Lok Sabha, for example, had about 100 members who were involved in criminal cases — 30 of whom had been charged with murder, dacoity, rape and extortion. Could an institution, dominated by such men and women, provide a national environment conducive to the realisation of Sri Aurobindo’s great vision? Unfulfilled dreams
By Jagmohan The Asian Age & Deccan Chronicle, 19 Aug 2009: How is it that all the dreams, mentioned by Sri Aurobindo in his Independence day message, have virtually disappeared from the collective memory of the nation?]

Jagmohan, justifiably, paints a bleak picture of the present situation. But a firm faith in the five dreams spelled out by Sri Aurobindo has the redeeming potential. The caveat, however, is that as long as the names of Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore or Gandhi et al is uttered along with Sri Aurobindo in the same breath, the dreams face hurdles. [TNM]

Update:

['We have to sensitise ourselves to seek a higher goal. Great men like Ram Krishna Paramhans, Raman Maharishi and Mahatma Gandhi had heightened their sensitivities to such an extent that it was difficult to lie in front of them or practise adharma,' Shourie said.
Shourie falls back on Gandhi in times of crisis 2009-08-26]

Shourie is always innovative and comes up with a new list. [TNM]

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