I want an India where talent and energy can find scope for play without having to cringe and obtain special individual permission from officials and ministers, and where their effort will be judged by the open market in India and abroad.
The Swatantra Party was to become India’s largest opposition party with 44 seats in the 1967 Lok Sabha. But it finally dissolved in 1974 – about an year after Rajaji’s death in December 1972. Col. H.R. Pasricha analysed its rise and fall in a book, The Swatantra Party – Victory in Defeat, published posthumously by The Rajaji Foundation in 2002.
(My editorial in Towards a Great India, 15 September 2009)
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