The India of my dreams

Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large shares his views, in one of 50 essays by Singaporeans on India, in a forthcoming book

Vendors carrying kangri (earthen pots covered with wicker) in Srinagar last month. The writer dreams of India as a model of religious diversity and harmony, with a vibrant democracy and strong adherence to the rule of law. PHOTO: AFP

My political awakening happened when I was in secondary school in the 1950s. I became aware that there was a worldwide movement of people living under colonial rule and these people were rising up against their colonial masters. They wanted self-determination and independence.

The struggle by India against the British rule caught my imagination and support. There were two heroic figures in that struggle. They were Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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