Jawaharlal Nehru : on Religion

India is suppose to be a religious country above everything else …  I have frequently condemned [religion] and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition and exploitation, and the presentation of vested interests. And yet I knew there was something else in it, something which supplied a deeper inner craving of human being.

— An Autobiography, 1936

Too much dependence on supernatural factors may lead, and had often led, to a loss of self-reliance in man and to a blunting of his capacity and creative ability. And yet some faith seems necessary in things of the spirit which are beyond the scope of our physical world, some reliance on moral, spiritual and idealistic conceptions, or else we have no anchorage, no objectives or purpose in life.

— The discovery of India, 1946


About Dilawar

Graduate Student at National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
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