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Martin Luther King Famous Speech by Indira Gandhi

Martin Luther King Famous Speech by Indira Gandhi

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Martin Luther KingFamous Speech by Indira GandhiNew Delhi, India: January 24, 1969
This is a poignant moment for all of us. We remember vividly your last visit to our country. We had hoped that on this occasion, Dr. King and you would be standingside by side on this platform. That was not to be. He is not with us but we feel hisspirit. We admired Dr. King. We felt his loss as our own. The tragedy rekindledmemories of the great martyrs of all time who gave their lives so that men might liveand grow. We thought of the great men in your own country who fell to the assassin's bullet and of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom here in this city, this very month, twenty-one years ago. Such events remain as wounds in the human consciousness, remindingus of battles, yet to be fought and tasks still to be accomplished. We should not mournfor men of high ideals. Rather we should rejoice that we had the privilege of havinghad them with us, to inspire us by their radiant personalities. So today we are gatherednot to offer you grief, but to salute a man who achieved so much in so short a time. Itis befitting, Madam, that you whom he called the "courage by my side", you whogave him strength and encouragement in his historic mission, should be with us toreceive this award.You and your husband both had foreseen that death might come to him violently. Itwas perhaps inherent in the situation. Dr. King chose death for the theme of a sermon,remarking that he would like to be remembered as a drum major for justice, for peaceand for righteousness. When you were once asked what you would do if your husbandwere assassinated, you were courage personified, replying that you might weep butthe work would go on. Your face of sorrow, so beautiful in its dignity coupled withinfinite compassion, will forever be engraved in our hearts.Mahatma Gandhi also had foreseen his end and had prepared himself for it. Just astraining for violence included learning to kill, the training for non-violence, he said,included learning how to die. The true badge of the satyagrahi is to be unafraid.As if he too had envisaged the martyrdoms of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Rabindranath Tagore once sang:In anger we slew him,With love let us embrace him now,For in death he lives again amongst us,The mighty conqueror of death.This award, Madam, is the highest tribute our nation can bestow on work for understanding and brotherhood among men. It is named after a man who himself wasa peace-maker and who all his life laboured passionately for freedom, justice and peace in India and throughout the world. Dr. Martin Luther King's struggle was for these same values. He paid for his ideals with his blood, forging a new bond amongthe brave and the conscientious of all races and all nations.
Dr. King's dream embraced the poor and the oppressed of all lands. His work ennobled us. He spoke of the right of man to survive and recognized three threats tothe survival of man--racial injustice, poverty and war. He realised that even under thelamp of affluence which was held aloft by science, lay the shadow of poverty,compelling two-thirds of the peoples of the world to exist in hunger and want. He proclaimed that mankind could be saved from war only if we cared enough for peaceto sacrifice for it.Dr. Martin Luther King drew his inspiration from Christ, and his method of actionfrom Mahatma Gandhi. Only through truth can untruth be vanquished. Only throughlove can hatred be quenched. This is the path of the Buddha and of Christ, and in our own times, that of Mahatma Gandhi and of Martin Luther King.They believed in the equality of all men. No more false doctrine has been spread thanthat of the superiority of one race over another. It is ironical that there should still be people in this world who judge men not by their moral worth and intellectual merit but by the pigment of their skin or other physical characteristics.Some governments still rest on the theory of racist superiority--such as thegovernments of South Africa and the lawless regime in Rhodesia. Unregenerategroups in other countries consider one colour superior to another. Our own battle isnot yet over. Caste and other prejudices still survive, but most of us are ashamed of them and recognise them as evils to be combated. We are trying hard to eradicatethem.While there is bondage anywhere, we ourselves cannot be fully free. While there isoppression anywhere, we ourselves cannot soar high. Martin Luther King wasconvinced that one day the misguided people who believed in racial superiority wouldrealise the error of their ways. His dream was that white and black, brown and yellowwould live and grow together as flowers in a garden with their faces turned towardsthe sun. As you yourself said, "All of us who believe in what Martin Luther Kingstood for, must see to it that his spirit never dies". That spirit can never die. Theremay be setbacks in our fight for the equality of all men. There may be moments of gloom. But victory must and will be ours. Let us not rest until the equality of all racesand religions becomes a living fact. That is the most effective and lasting tribute thatwe can pay to Dr. King.A short quote or citation from part of the Martin Luther King famous speech providesan illustration of, or allusion to, the famous events of the day during the historical eraof Indira Gandhi. Use the free Martin Luther King famous speech with passages andtext taken as direct citations from this famous speech using the language used byIndira Gandhi in their own language within the content of the speech. This well-known speech by Indira Gandhi, famed for its powers of verbal and oralcommunication, makes excellent use of the words, text and language. Use of nativetongue of Indira Gandhi within this famous speech makes it powerful and relevant tohistoric occasions. A persuasive, motivational and inspirational speech by IndiraGandhi. The celebrated Indira Gandhi had excellent powers of oration which arehighlighted forever in History by the Martin Luther King famous speech.

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