Freedom isn't free. It shouldn't be a bragging point that 'Oh, I don't get involved in politics,' as if that makes someone cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn't insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.

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We are Indians, firstly and lastly. 
 ~ B. R. Ambedkar 

Citizenship consists in the service of the country. 
 ~ Jawaharlal Nehru 

Let us together commence a journey of peace, harmony and progress in South Asia. 
 ~ Atal Behari Vajpayee 

Democracy means nothing if people are not able to work the democracy for the common good. 
 ~ Chandra Bhushan

Let new India arise out of peasants cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.~ Swami Vivekananda