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date: 22 October 2019


  1. Nabha Sparasham Deeptam.
    Touching the sky with glory.
    Anonymous: motto of the Indian Air Force, taken from the Bhagavadgita
  2. Nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear or to merge in something else.
    E. M. Forster 1879–1970 English novelist: A Passage to India (1924) ch. 8
  3. I cannot understand how anyone can be an Indian and not be proud—the richness and infinite variety of our composite heritage, the magnificence of the people's spirit, equal to any disaster or burden, firm in their faith…even in poverty and hardship.
    Indira Gandhi 1917–84 Indian stateswoman: paper found after her death, Remembered Moments (1987)
  4. If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this.
    Amir Khusrau 1253–1325 Persian poet: inscribed on the wall of the Diwan-i-Khas [the hall of special audience] in the Red Fort at Delhi
  5. From Persia to the Chinese Sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to the islands of Java and Borneo, from Oceania to Socotra, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales and her civilization. She has left indestructible imprints on one-fourth of the human race in course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim in universal history the rank that ignorance has refused her for a long time and to hold her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of Humanity.
    Sylvain Lévi 1863–1935 French Indologist: ‘Abel Bergaigne et l’Indianisme’ in Revue Bleue vol. 45, 1890, tr. Kalidas Nag in The Modern Review December 1921
  6. India will go on.
    R. K. Narayan 1906–2001 Indian novelist and short-story writer: remark to V. S. Naipaul in 1961, V. S. Naipaul India: A Wounded Civilization (1977)
  7. At the stroke of the midnight hour, while the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
    immediately prior to Independence
    Jawaharlal Nehru 1889–1964 Indian statesman: speech to the Indian Constituent Assembly, 14 August 1947
  8. The Indian Empire is a despotism—benevolent, no doubt, but still a despotism with theft as its final object.
    George Orwell 1903–50 English novelist: Burmese Days (1934)
  9. If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
    Romain Rolland 1866–1944 French writer: Prophets of the New India (1930)
  10. No one can make India kneel.
    after the bombings in Mumbai
    Manmohan Singh 1932–  Indian statesman, Prime Minister 2004–14: in Hindu 12 July 2006
  11. Nothing has been left undone, either by man or Nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Following the Equator (1897) ch. 21
  12. India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Following the Equator (1897) ch. 43