Modern nationhood

A vision for India

Print edition : December 12, 2014

January 24, 1950: Nehru signing India's Constitution at the final session of the Constituent Assembly. He established the democratic ethos, the democratic institutions and the democratic practices that other powerful leaders of newly independent countries found so easy to abandon. Photo: The Hindu Archives

October 7, 1961: Nehru inaugurating the Madras State Panchayats conference on Island Grounds in Madras. With Nehru's death in 1964, panchayati raj withered on the vine. His grandson, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, traced the cause to panchayati raj having been left to State legislation instead of being given constitutional status, sanction and sanctity. Photo: THE HINDU photo archives

October 2, 1959: Nehru inaugurating the scheme of democratic decentralisation at Nagaur in Rajasthan. Photo: The Hindu Archives

It is necessary to revive the four key dimensions of Nehru’s vision for a modern nationhood—democracy, secularism, socialism and non-alignment—to achieve growth, equity, social justice and good neighbourliness.
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