Rammohan was an exceptional patriot
and lover of freedom. I do not think I shall be fortunate enough to see freedom
reign supreme all over the world, so he used to lament. Like Tilak, Rammohan
believed that Liberty was every mans birthright.
Rammohan was intensely patriotic, but he was generous and broadminded. In 1823, the
Spanish colonies in South America became independent. He invited his friends to a party to
celebrate this joyous event. A friend of his asked him, "Why are you so elated if
people in South America become independent?" Rammohan said, "What! They may be
in South America, but are they not our brothers? Their language and religion may be
different. Should we not sympathize with them in their troubles?"
Have you heard of The League of Nations?
The First World War was fought from 1914 to 1918. The object of starting the League of
Nations in 1920 was to see that another such war did not break out. Any dispute was to be
settled by peaceful methods. (As this did not function effectively, the United
NationsOrganization was set up in 1945.)
A hundred years before the League of Nations was started, Rammohan had said that such
an organization was necessary. If there is difference of opinion. If there is difference
of opinion between two persons, they do not fight; they go to a court and accept its
decision. If there is difference of opinion between two countries, their dispute must be
settled without a fight. An organization is necessary to see that all nations cooperate
with and help each other.