Indian politicians today receive a lot of flak. Not that they don’t deserve it – most politicians seem to say things just for a headline or to get a reaction, but things weren’t always like this.

In the past, we’ve had legendary leaders who were bent on one thing and one thing only – the success of India as a sovereign nation. Our leaders of the past weren’t afraid to speak their mind, nor were they at a loss for words when it came to delivering some of the most inspiring quotes in history.

Here are some quotes that make us proud to be Indian:

 

Bal Gangadhar Tilak would be disappointed with the excuses we make for the problems we face as a nation:

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Subhash Chandra Bose on why we shouldn’t fear death:

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BR Ambedkar’s wise words on how we should live our lives:

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Sardar Patel reminds us why the current climate of communalism and regionalism is destructive:

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Jawaharlal Nehru gave this iconic speech that every Indian knows:

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Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw had this to say about the politicians of his time:

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Although we did have one notable exception in the recent past – APJ Abdul Kalam:

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