"My dear fellow countrymen, joyous new year greetings to
all of you.
Nations achieve greatness when their people learn to dream lofty
dreams and to strive hard - and make sacrifices, when necessary
- to realise those dreams, without getting disheartened by the difficulties
along the way and without ever letting their faith in their nation's
I am reminded here of the inspiring vision
of Maharshi Aurobindo, which he set out in his historic radio broadcast
for August 15, 1947:
"I have always held and said that India was arising, not
to serve her own material interests only, to achieve expansion,
greatness, power, and prosperity - though these too she must not
neglect, - and certainly not like others to acquire domination of
other peoples, but to live also for god and the world as a helper
and leader of the whole human race."
This, I believe, is the quintessence of India's work, now and
in the future. Different leaders of modern India have presented
the same vision in different words. "