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Issue No.: 574 | April 2015
 

A Lesson in Public Life from Rajaji and Masani

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If men were condemned to demonstrate rigid consistency on what they stand for, through half a century, dogmatism would be the rule in public life which would be a reductio ad absurdum. I venture to confess and claim that I have an accommodating mind, but one that does not forget truth or the public weal at any point. A fervent and patriotic resolution attracting the approval of a great body of people on the one side, and an unanswerable objection, on the other side, with a mass of people behind that protest – it is not an easy issue on which one could take a decision and stick to it rigidly. With hope, at each step, I have moved from position to position and I trust my views as formed from time to time will not be misconstrued as mere political opportunism but understood in their true evolution.

C. RAJAGOPALACHARI
Excerpted from "My Inconsistencies”, Swarajya, August 10, 1963


The Liberal should learn to be realistic and shift his gun from time to time. The trouble with most people is that they are conservative. If a man is a Socialist, he goes on being a Socialist even if the whole situation is transformed. If a man is a Conservative he goes on being a Conservative even if his Conservatism becomes meaningless in a particular context; a certain amount of flexibility and fluidity is required. Mahatma Gandhi was a very pure man. That is why he was called the Mahatma but he kept on saying: "Consistency is the virtue of an ass.” He was a man who appeared to contradict himself every now and then, and that is because he was dealing with different situations at different times and he quite rightly took a different attitude to them. ....But there was a thread running through his inconsistency – It was a thread of clean methods – truthful and peaceful methods...that the ends do not justify the means... that your means have to be clean if your objective is to be preserved. 

MINOO MASANI in ‘Democracy and Development’
published by the Indian Liberal Group (1968).
 
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