In all seriousness, Sri Aurobindo’s classic, India’s Rebirth must be made a prescribed text in our schools.
This then is the central difference between the second and third phases of the pre-independence history of the Congress party. Not one leader in the second phase claimed for himself the combined role of political leader, social reformer, philosopher, scholar, intellectual, and saint. On the contrary, these leaders were aware of and honestly admitted their limitations of being polymaths. It was precisely this atmosphere of candour, honesty, and integrity that fostered a great culture of debate, dissent, and difference which acted as checks and balances and made possible meaningful, practical decision-making. We can recall, again, Rishi DVG’s words in this regard.