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Ten Points for Indira Gandhi
On August 22nd, 1975, Srila Prabhupada had an appointment with Indira Gandhi. In a pocket book he noted ten points to present to her. Unfortunately, Mrs. Gandhi was disturbed by rumours of a threat to her life; therefore Prabhupada did not bring^ up his proposal. However, these notes are testimony of Srila Prabhupada's vision of a krishna conscious India. The ten points are:
(1)Grant immigration for 500 foreigners.
Editor's comment: Srila Prabhupada wanted Western devotees to come to India to learn the culture of krishna consciousness, and to preach, establish centres, and inspire Indians to maintain their valuable religious heritage.
(2)All M.P.'s initiated brahmanas.
Editor's comment: This means initiated by Srila Prabhupada as Vaisnava brahmanas, following all the rules and regulations of krishna consciousness.
(3)Sanjay the King, Indira Queen Mother.
Editor's comment: Srila Prabhupada always stressed that monarchy is superior to democracy. A powerful and enlightened king (not queen) like Lord Rama or Maharaja Yudhisthira should take guidance from ideal brahmanas and rule the country for the sake ofdharma. Srila Prabhupada pragmatically suggested that Sanjay, under Prabhupada's direction, take charge of the country and bring Rama-rajya back to Bharata.
Editor's comment: How could Srila Prabhupada expect popular support for his proposed reforms? The answer lies in chanting Hare krishna. The Hare krishna maha-mantra is very powerful. It purifies the consciousness and awakens love of God. If people are induced in chant Hare krishna, their hearts will certainly change. They will become peaceful and ¦ godly. jLdsing interest in eating meat, taking intoxi¬cation and illicit sex, they will become model citizens and the backbone of an ideal state.
(6)Meat-eaters at home. No public meat-eating. Editor's comment: Meat-eating is not good, but it cannot be fully stopped, for there will always be a class of men attached to flesh food. However, meat-eating should be restricted. If slaughterhouses and butcher-shops were closed, meat-eaters would have to personally kill any animal they wanted to eat. This would certainly reduce indulgence in this ghastly practice.
(8)No religious group except Bhagavad-gita as it is.
(9)All government officers must join kirtana at least twice a day.
Editor's comment: Among the people in general, kirtana should be promoted, but for government officers, it should be compulsory. India can make no progress as long as the administration is spoiled by self-interest and corruption. Government officers should chant Hare krishna and help manage the state on behalf of God and for the benefit of the citizens.
(10)Support krishna consciousness all over the world.Editor's comment: If the government of India seriously took up the world-wide promotion of krishna consciousness, a global revolution of religious thought would take place. India would become the intellectual, cultural and spiritual leader of all nations. The world is ready. Is India?