“How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.” – Mahatma Gandhi, on India’s struggle to break its colonial ties with Great Britain
A Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada On India’s Independence Day
Posted August 15th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of India’s Independence Day:
“Today, we join the people of India and members of the Indo-Canadian community in celebrating India’s 70th Independence Day.
“Canada and India unite in our shared traditions of democracy and diversity. Together, our nations stand as a testament to the fact that countries can prosper not in spite of their diversity, but precisely because of it.
“It has been a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Modi, and I look forward to working together to further strengthen the relationship between our two countries, and to collaborating on global issues, including peace and security, climate change, and gender equality.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to reflect on the significant contributions that Indo-Canadians have made to our national fabric, and wish all those celebrating today a happy Independence Day.”
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