The following is an excerpt from an article published in the Indian Libertarian Magazine by M A Venkata Rao in November 1960.
“The pen is mightier than the sword. This adage is being illustrated in several spheres of life today in the world and particularly in our country. The idea of the sovereignty of the people as the basis and justification of democracy, in particular, is being enacted in politics before our very eyes.
Many of the sources of trouble in current politics is due to the prevalence of notions only imperfectly understood and applied hastily in garbled forms to justify partisan interests. This is an age of propaganda. Half-truths with an aura of authority derived from some popular leader or author, Hitler or Nietzche. Nehru or Gandhi are riding rough-shod over our lives creating havoc and seem to be well-nigh uncontrollable. . . “
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First Published in the Indian Libertarian in November 1960.
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The opinions expressed in this essay are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CCS.