Moving Towards South Asian Confederation

Sri Aurobindo’s Aphorism

The new men in politics

The days of timid dabblers in politics are over and men who have no faith in enthusiasm and who cannot believe in anything beyond the cold calculations of diplomacy by which they have been a thousand times bought and sold and who cannot believe in the possibility of uniting the people in a single aim and purpose have no more business to loiter in the political field...

But every error they have committed has served as a stepping-stone to truth. The effect of their accumulated errors has been to dispel the illusion, and new circumstances today have called forth new men, men untrammeled by old habits and systems, men in whom the great Idea is incarnate, who have realised that the true secret of power is faith, who know that true virtue is sacrifice and that the true policy is to prove one’s self strong.

To them belongs the future. The line of work is to mix with the masses and to organize and reduce to a system the ideas and aspirations now scattered and disseminated.

Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, November 30, 1907


Date of Update: 16-Sep-20