On each of the days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, disorderedworld is posting the words of five icons of democracy to remind us of what democracy really means, and inspire us to stand in resolute opposition to the divisive path along which Trump is leading the world. Today we remember the speech given by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India on the eve of India’s Independence on 15 August 1947. In it Nehru outlines the aim of India’s democracy as ending the poverty and suffering of its citizens, providing a home for all people regardless of religion, and playing a leading role in spreading justice across the world. Continue reading
Corruption will go when the large number of persons given unworthily to it realise that the nation does not exist for them to exploit but that they exist to serve the nation.
The heritage of India’s freedom movement and its leaders, particularly Mahatma Gandhi, provide ideals that are still capable of inspiring India and the world. Gandhi’s uncompromising moral strength and his tactics of non-violence have guided Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, Aung San Suu Kyi and many others.
But endemic corruption in the police and the judiciary, along with the capture of India’s democracy by elected officials facing serious criminal charges, is undermining the world’s largest democracy. Continue reading