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As I Please

Kunwar Natwar Singh
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Kunwar Natwar Singh
Natwar Singh served the prestigious Indian Foreign Service for over three decades and resigned from the service to contest elections. He was a member of the Indian National Congress party. Natwar Singh was a former Cabinet Minister and an exceptional writer. He attended Mayo College, Ajmer and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was the Indian ambassador to Pakistan from 1980-82. In 1984, Natwar Singh received the honorable Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.

Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.
- Albert Einstein
Our country gave birth to a mighty soul and he shone like a beacon not only for India but for the whole world. Wherever he sat became a temple and wherever he trod was hallowed ground.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

These words were spoken about Mahatma Gandhi, who was some weeks ago lampooned and denigrated by MTV—“Clone High U.S.A.” It was a cheap and vulgar exhibition of trained ignorance. Gandhi was a moral giant, a mass leader of genius and a great liberator. The Indian community in the U.S. was rightly outraged and reacted with vigour and resolution. MTV after hawing and hemming for a few days, apologized.

What must an individual do to be categorized as a great man? Let me quote Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), the British philosopher: To call someone a great man is to claim that he has intentionally taken a large step, one far beyond the capabilities of men, in satisfying, or materially affecting, central human interest. Similarly, in the realm of action, the great man seems able, almost alone and single-handed to transform one form of life into another; or…permanently and radically alters the outlook and values of a significant body of human beings.

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