Pragmatic | “For the people” not sufficient

Ambedkar’s prescience.

Here are the concluding lines of Dr Ambedkar’s Grammar of Anarchy speech. These sound prescient in these times of unelected leaders proclaiming to speak for the majority of the people.

There is great danger of things going wrong. Times are fast changing. People including our own are being moved by new ideologies. They are getting tired of Government by the people. They are prepared to have Governments for the people and are indifferent whether it is Government of the people and by the people. If we wish to preserve the Constitution in which we have sought to enshrine the principle of Government of the people, for the people and by the people, let us resolve not to be tardy in the recognition of the evils that lie across our path and which induce people to prefer Government for the people to Government by the people, nor to be weak in our initiative to remove them. That is the only way to serve the country. I know of no better.[Link]


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