Extract from Sri Aurobindo’s message 15th August 1947But

Extract from Sri Aurobindo’s message 15th August 1947

But the old communal division into

Hindu and Muslim seems to have hardened into the figure of

a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped

that the Congress and the nation will not accept the settled

fact as for ever settled or as anything more than a temporary

expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even

crippled: civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a

new invasion and foreign conquest. The partition of the country

must go,—it is to be hoped by a slackening of tension, by a

progressive understanding of the need of peace and concord, by

the constant necessity of common and concerted action, even of

an instrument of union for that purpose. In this way unity may

come about under whatever form—the exact form may have a

pragmatic but not a fundamental importance. But by whatever

means, the division must and will go. For without it the destiny

of India might be seriously impaired and even frustrated. But

that must not be.

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