Moving Towards South Asian Confederation

Sri Aurobindo's Ideograph

Indian Nationalism and bureaucratic despotism

In England, politics is a question of parties. In India, politics is a conflict of principles and of mutually destructive forces, the principle of bureaucracy against the principle of democracy, the alien force of Imperialism against the indigenous force of Nationalism. Our relations with our rulers are not those of protector and protected, but of eater and of eaten. As man and tiger cannot live together in the same circle of habitation, so Indian Nationalism and bureaucratic despotism cannot divide India between them or dwell together in peace. One of them must go.

Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, May 17, 1907

Date of Update: 22-May-23