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An Open Letter to Dr. Manmohan Singh
I salute you as an outstanding statesman of India to visit America with a grand mission next to Nehru—not beg for arms nor as international mendicants for weapons. Indo-US bonds are not on military nor materialist criteria or philanthropy but was based on higher moral values and never for dollar donations nor for intervention in J and K as India fought back and liberated Bangladesh. We have deeper ties. Gandhiji borrowed as a disciple from the super teachings of Thoreau and Martin Luther King the leader of the blacks in America owed his leadership to the Gandhian philosophy. Rajaji flew to the White House for world peace and against nuclear explosions and was described by Kennedy as the wisest man of the East. Emerson, when he heard that Thoreau was in prison for violating laws went to visit him then Thoreau told the great Emerson:
Emerson: Why are you here?
Thoreau: Why are you not here?
Thoreau was in prison for failure to pay taxes. Oral tradition in Emerson family, discounted for lack of documentary evidence.
Nehru's presence in the U.S astonished Americans and the defeat of President Bush and the wonder victory of Obama was greeted by Indians as a marvel of the American electorate free from caste, creed, race, colour and wealth. You, Manmohan, by a glorious vision went to the White House as a dignified Indian leader, not as entreating for dollars or explosives. I admire your wisdom since this is your felicitous journey not as a mendicant but to honour a great American the finest blend of Africa and America—great tribute of the American people beyond distinction of race, wealth and universal in fellowship to all nations. We have after your unique pilgrimage brought together two great peoples of India and the US, Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi. This visit of yours is historic. Be cautious, I entreat you in all humility don't walk into any Bush treaty. This pilgrimage of yours is not merely for a dinner in the White House but as a bearer of the loftiest culture form India to the wealthiest nation of the world. Read and re-read the famous address of Vivekananda in Chicago:
"Sisters and Brothers of America,
It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, sources in different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."
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