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In bravery, he is not to be surpassed. Who can excel him in the love of the country? ...He is pure as the crystal; he is truthful beyond suspicion. He is a knight sans peur, sans reproche. The nation is safe in his hands.
Mahatma Gandhi
(1869 - 1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
Jawaharlal has the undoubted right to the throne of Young India. His is a majestic character. Unflinching is his patient determination and indomitable his courage, but what raises him far above his fellows is his unwavering adherence to moral integrity and intellectual honesty.
Rabindranath Tagore
(1861 - 1941) Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
This familiarity, nearness, intimacy and brotherly affection make it difficult for me to sum him up for the Public appreciation, but then, the idol of the nation, the leader of the people, the Prime Minister of the Country, and the hero of the masses, whose noble record and great achievements is an open book, hardly needs any consideration from me.
Vallabhbhai Patel
(1875 - 1950) Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India.
He was an advocate of individual freedom and yet was committed to bringing about economic equality. He was never afraid of a compromise with anybody, but he never compromised with anyone out of fear.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Born: December 25, 1924) Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman who was the eleventh Prime Minister of India, first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004.
Jawaharlal Nehru was an outstanding man of letters, a militant freedom fighter against colonialism, the eminent architect of Afro- Asian unity and the policy of Non- Alignment. To all South Africans in the struggle he remains one of us, an activist in the fight against racism in its worst form – Apartheid.
Nelson Mandela
(1918 - 2013) Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
A great world leader who has in his own life and times stood for those basic aspirations which the United States stand for today.
John F. Kennedy
(1917 - 1963) American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States.
He lived to see victory and to move then to another epochal confrontation- the fight for peace after World War II. In this climactic struggle he did not have Gandhi at his side, but he did have the Indian people, now free in their own great Republic.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
(1929 - 1968) Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
My admiration for Gandhi's and your work for liberation through non-violence and non-cooperation has become even greater than it was already before. The inner struggle to conserve objective understanding despite the pressure of tyranny from the outside and the struggle against becoming inwardly a victim of resentment and hatred may well be unique in world history.
Albert Einstein
(1879 - 1955) Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.
To write about Nehru is a difficult task; one does not know where to begin. He has functioned so remarkably and in so many field and capacities, that his position today is unique not only in his own country but in the whole world….Today, Nehru’s political stature and leadership is very high and fully recognised ; but even in those days (of the past) he was no less great, and as human as he has always been. That is why he continues to hold such fascination for millions of people in India !
Lal Bahadur Shashtri
(1904 - 1966) Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. Shastri joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s.
Nehru was a great believer in world peace and the concept of one world community. No one has shown greater faith and allegiance to the Charter of the United Nations than Nehru. He realised that in a thermonuclear age, war would mean the extinction of all civilised values. That is why he was convinced that the true role of a statesman in this distracted world lay in the way of lessening tensions and conflicts and bringing about a climate of understanding and mutual accommodation, with a view to settlement of international differences without resort to the horrors of war. On several international questions such as Korea, Laos, the Congo and Vietnam, his was the voice of peace and friendship, and his voice was always heard with respect.
S. Radhakrishnan
(1888 - 1975) Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967.
I feel certain that history will accord him an even greater place than contemporary World opinion gives him to-day.
Lord Mountbatten
(1900 – 1979) Last Viceroy of British India and first Governor General of Independent India.
India can be proud of having such an outstanding leader as Nehru who, through his efforts and farsightedness is paving the way towards a better future for India, and who, through his untiring, activity in the struggle for peace, devotion to the policy of co-existence and the strengthening of peaceful international cooperation, has become one of the most outstanding statesmen of the contemporary world.
Josip Broz Tito
(1892 - 1980) Yugoslav Revolutionary and statesman, President of Yugoslavia, 1953 - 80.
Nehru has tried to educate his people in the ways of democracy. This is a tremendous undertaking with a population as great as India's and with a background of illiteracy to start with. His success is already being proved, I think, and not only the Indians but much of the rest of the world owes Nehru a debt of gratitude for his leadership, for his integrity and his courage.
Eleanor Roosevelt
(1884 - 1962)Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.
I remember some years ago, at a time when he was not the acknowledged leader of India as he later became, asking a prominent Indian leader who in his opinion was the most outstanding leader after Mahatma Gandhi. He said, "Jawaharlal Nehru". When I further questioned him why he chose Nehru, in preference to some others whose names I mentioned, he replied, "Because Nehru is so utterly dependable".
S. W. R. D. Bandarnaike
(1899 - 1959) Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) 1956 - 59.
I myself feel a better, wiser and richer man for having known Nehru.
Kwame Nkrumah
(1909 - 1972) Prime Minister of Ghana and its predecessor Gold Coast 1951 - 66.
The truth is Nehru is not only the exponent of the dreams deeply nestled in the hearts of the people of India. He is also the expression of human conscience itself particularly for people who lived more or less through the same experience and faced the same problems as the Indian did.
Gamal Abdel Nasser
(1918 - 1980) President of Egypt, 1956 till his death.
I cannot think what I should write about Pandit Nehru. After Gandhi's his is the one name that stands for India – is India. God's infinite grace has given us such leaders as Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak, Gandhi and Jawaharlal, one after the other. May we prove worthy of such a bounteous providence.
Vinoba Bhave
(1895 - 1982) Spiritual successor to Mahatma Gandhi.
Jawaharlal Nehru was to Gandhiji what Lakshmana was to Rama in our national epic. I need say nothing more to men of my country. As for other nations, their statesmen know and love Jawaharlal Nehru almost to the point of rousing India's jealousy! – because her love of Jawaharlal Nehru is like that of a sweetheart. Our illustrious Prime Minister has completed sixty years. We can hardly believe it. To us he is ever young.
C. Rajagopalachari
(1878 - 1972) Last Governor-General of India. Politician and writer.
It was mainly because of him (Nehru) that the Indian National Congress took, year after year, a brave stand on every crucial international issue especially whenever freedom was in danger or colonialism threatened to suppress people. Moreover, if India escaped from being influenced by the concept of nationalism – degenerate, narrow and materialistic – as it had developed in Europe and America in the nineteenth century, it was because of Nehru; he gave a breadth of vision and universal content to our nationalism. In the result the liberation of India has worked as a stimulant for freedom to the people in other countries of South-East Asia, West Asia and North Africa; and in providing that stimulant Nehru has played the major role.
Pattabhi Sitaramayya
(1880 - 1959) Dr Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya was born in a Telugu Niyogi Brahmin family in Gundugolanu village, Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, was an Indian independence activist and political leader in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
He (Nehru), unlike most nationalist leaders of his days, had a worldview of liberated mankind then under the colonial yoke and blended the intellectual liberalism of the West and the cultural identity of the East. He possessed dialectical perceptions of the socio-political realities of India, the strengths and weaknesses of its past, and the opportunity of watching the deep sufferings of the peasants, and of reflecting on the National Movement of his time..
V.R. Krishna Iyer
(Born: November 1, 1915) Vaidyanathapura Rama Krishna Iyer, popularly known as Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, is a former judge in the Supreme Court of India.
I have been wanting to see you. If you had not come I would have come to you. You are a man of peace.
Fidel Castro
(Born: August 13, 1926) Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, commonly known as Fidel Castro, is a retired Cuban communist politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008.
Nehru is a believer in world peace, a sincere supporter of justice and freedom, and a staunch champion of positive neutralism.
Shukri Al-Kuwatly
(1891 - 1967) President of Syria 1955 - 58.
Nehru was, and still is, one of Asia's great revolutionaries.
Lee Kuan Yew
(B. 1923) First Prime Minister of Singapore, 1959 - 90.
Nehru is one of the greatest statesmen of his century.
Charles Malik
(1906 – 1987) Was a Lebanese philosopher and diplomat.
Within his slender, sensitive hands, Nehru holds the balance of power in Asia today.
Patrick Gordon Walker
(1907 - 1980) British Parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister and under Harold Wilson.
Nehru is a man who knows how to build a bridge that links the past and the present with the future.
Ludwig Erhard
(1897 - 1977) Chancellor of West Germany 1963 - 66.