28th November 2010
Are we ready to be free?
Are we ready to be free now? I don’t think so. Nehruvian socialism has not been given a burial. Despite China having abandoned the tenets of Marxism in 1979; despite the wall of Berlin having been breached in 1989; despite the Soviet Union having fallen asunder in 1991; we cling on to socialism. We continue to elect an overwhelming majority of socialist and communist parties. Indeed, there is no political party today wedded purely to the high standards of freedom. There is no liberal party. No capitalist party. No freedom party.
- many progeny of our freedom fighters have left India permanently, settling in these very countries that oppressed India in the past such as England – we ask whether this was what our ‘freedom’ fighters fought for, the right to settle their grandchildren abroad?;
- our Constitution continues to tout socialism in its Preamble;[i] and
- our Finance Ministers continue to reaffirm India’s commitment to socialism.