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It is an ascertained principle of national existence that only by keeping possession of the soil can a nation persist; the mastery of the reigns of government or the control of the trade and wealth of a country, does not give permanence to the people in control. They reign for a while and then the virtue departs out of them and they wither or pass away and another takes their place; but the tillers of the soil, ground down, oppressed, rack-rented, miserable, remain, and have always the chance of one day overthrowing their oppressors and coming by their own.
Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, March 6, 1908
Date of Update: 21-Apr-16