As India nears its 74th Independence Day, it is important for all Indians to reflect on the diverse groups that supported India’s freedom struggle, and acknowledge the efforts of a tiny minority in helping it achieve independence.
From helping build Bombay, to supporting various philanthropic initiatives, and endorsing the INC’s commitment to secularism and democracy during the Roundtable Conferences, the Jewish community played an important part in helping India achieve independence.
Rather than questioning the loyalties of minorities across the country, as the events of 5 August show, it is time for the government to reiterate national unity and embrace the country’s difference.
India’s soul lies in its diversity; the freedom struggle showed that.
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