Book Extract: The cost of freedom
Shiv Khera's new book is a call to the common man to stand up and fight for principles.india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 17:54 IST
Freedom is Not Free: Every Generation Needs to Earn its Own Freedom
Author: Shiv Khera
Publisher: Macmillan India Ltd.
Format: Paperback + Digital
Pages: 223 + 1 VCD
Freedom is Not Free is a wake-up call for those whose conscience has gone to sleep, but is not yet dead. It is a call to action for those whose hearts beat and weep for India. It invokes the participation of ordinary citizens so that they take up cudgels for the Nation -a challenge that will put us on the path to prosperity. The author encourages every Indian to take the initiative in bringing glory to India.
The authorcalls upon the common man to stand up and fight for principles and to refuse to tolerate injustice, corruption and oppression.
Here are some excerpts from the book, showing Mr Khera's maxims:
"Do you want the next 50 years to like the last 50 years?"
"A nation writes its autobiography by the actions or inactions of its citizens."
"If we are not part of the solution then we are the problem."
"It is never the activity of rascals that destroys a society but always the inactivity of good people."
"Opportunists say, 'Whatever little bit I can do, I will do'; Concerned citizens say, 'Whatever it takes to do for the Nation, I will do."
"There is a cost of standing up on your feet and there is a cost of living on your knees. Guess what's more expensive?"
"A society is in danger when those who have never learnt to obey are given the right to command."
"Citizens who value their privileges over principles end up losing both."