as I do, several of them often and at the same time with holding an invitation from them
on this occasion would certainly create an impression that in matters of religious
ceremony, we are so exclusiveas not even to invite them. No one, I am sure, will come even
if invited. We cannot shut out the Foreign Correspondents if they come. I should like to
seek your guidance in this matter.
more. It is my faith in our past which has given me the strength to work in the present
and to look forward to our future. I cannot value freedom if it deprives us of the
Bhagavad Gita or uproots our millions from the faith with which they look upon our temples
and thereby destroys the texture of our lives. I have been given the privilege of seeing
my incessan dream of Somanatha reconstruction come true. That makes me feel-makes me
almost sure-that this shrine once restored to a place of importance in our life will give
to our people purer conception of religion and a more vivid consciousness of our strength,
so vital in these days of freedom and its trials."
It may be mentioned here that when the letter of Munshi was
seen by V. P. Menon, who was then Adviser to the States Ministry, he wrote the following
letter to Munshi: -
I have seen your master-piece, I for one would be prepared
to live and, if necessary, die by the views you have expressed in your letter."