Syama Prasad Mukherjee, widely known as Syama Prasad Mookerjee, was born on 6th July 1901 and today the whole country is celebrating, rejoicing and observing the great man of the country Syama Prasad Mukherjee.

Syama Prasad Mukherjee was an Indian politician, barrister, and academician, and he served our beloved nation, India, as Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet.

But somehow, gradually, things did not work out and he just bifurcated himself reportedly, from Nehru and Congress in that era.

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After falling out with Nehru, in 1951, Mukherjee quit the Indian National Congress and he gave his total support to the right-wing nationalist political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh, a predecessor to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

From 1943 to 1946, He was also the president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. Mukherjee was strongly opposed to Article 370[a] considered it as a threat to the unity of the nation and fought against it inside and outside the parliament with one of the goals of Bharatiya Jana Sangh being an abrogation of the article for the whole life until he died of the massive heart attack in 1953.

In this article, we will be shares some quoted said by Syama Prasad Mukherjee on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

#1. Whatever work you undertake, do it seriously, thoroughly and well; never leave it half-done or undone, never feel satisfied unless and until you have given it your very best. Cultivate the habits of discipline and toleration. Surrender not the convictions you hold dear but learn to appreciate the points of view of your opponents.

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#2. Political and social justice requires, not the disintegration of a country and destruction or humiliation of a class which shows initiative, intelligence, and drive, but equality of opportunity for all, genuine freedom for self-fulfillment, in which all men irrespective of caste or creed may share.

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#3. What we deplore is not that the gate of western knowledge was thrown open to Indians, but that such knowledge was imported to India at the sacrifice of our own cultural heritage. What was needed was a proper synthesis between the two systems and not neglect, far less destruction, of the Indian base.

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If we are to live and grow as a university, one of whose paramount tasks is to not only leaders of thought and action but also workers dedicated to the service of the nation, we cannot sit idle with philosophic concern and let things drift as they may. So far as we are concerned, it is for us to set our house in order. It is for us, and especially the younger generation, Hindus, Moslems and Christians alike, to combine and resolutely stand for the permanent well-being of our province and to rescue her from the deadly stagnation which now seems to envelop her.

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A criticism with which we have become familiar in this country is that an alarmingly large number of students receiving the university education, and the universities are responsible for wastage and unnecessary duplication of teaching arrangements…

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…..Take the whole of British India with a population of two hundred and sixty-three million. India has only sixteen universities and the number of their students will be about one lac and twenty thousand. The total expenditure on higher education in India is less than four crores rupees.

Let me now turn to other countries. The British Isles afford a good illustration for comparison from the point of view of the population which is about is about forty-five million; but the number of universities is as many as sixteen – what we have for the whole of India – and fifty-five thousand students receive instructions under their jurisdiction.

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About six crores and forty lacs, of rupees, are spent on higher education only in England and Wales. To universities alone within this area, the state annually contributes two crores and twenty-seven lacs of rupees.

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It has often been asserted that the polytheistic Hindu failed to establish a spiritual kinship with the monotheistic Muslim who held much that is Indian in scorn and still seeks his spiritual inspiration abroad. How can we say that India ignored the teachings of Islam when we find saints like Nanak and Chaitanya, Namdev and Tukaram, preaching the brotherhood of man and the futility of caste in matters spiritual? Although attempts on Hindu culture and institutions fill the pages of Indian history, how can we assert that Muslims ignored the appeal of Hindu culture when we find Muhammad Jayasi weaving a beautiful romance to illustrate the teachings of Hindu philosophy, when we read the simple devotional hymns of Kabir and Sheikh Farid, who refused to recognise the barriers of caste and creed on the high road to God’s kingdom? “Utter not one disagreeable word,” said Farid, “since the true lord is in all men. Distress no one’s heart for every heart is a precious jewel.” In the same strain did Kabir proclaim, “There is the same God for the Hindu as for the Muslim.” A rejuvenated India found an Akbar to put an end to political chaos and social disharmony and a Shah Jahan to dream a dream in marble the like of which is not to be met in the world.

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I would also ask you to fulfill in an abundant measure your obligation for the revival of the glory of Hindu culture and civilization, not from a narrow or bigoted point of view but for strengthening the very root of nationalism in this country. In this great land of ours where twenty-eight crores of Hindus live, the word Hindu sometimes stinks in the nostrils of many a son of India.

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