It has been said that democracy is based on the rights of man; it has been replied that it should rather take its stand on the duties of man, but both rights and duties are European ideas. Dharma is the Indian conception in which rights and duties los the artificial antagonism created by a view of the world which makes selfishness the root of action, and regain their deep and eternal unity. Dharma is the basis for democracy...in this lies the distinction between the soul of Asia and the soul of Europe. Through dharma the Asiatic evolution fulfils itself, this is her secret.
Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, 22nd March, 1908
Date of Update: 28-Nov-22