That Hinduism prohibits intermarriage between Hindus and Muslims is quite well known. This narrow-mindedness is not the vice of Hinduism only. Islam is equally narrow in its social code. It also prohibits intermarriage between Muslims and Hindus.

The realist must take note of the fact that while the Musalman accepts the European as his superior, he looks upon the Hindu as his inferior.

Islamic law does not insist upon the slaughter of the cow for sacrificial purposes and no Musalman, when he goes to Haj, sacrifices the cow in Mecca or Medina. But in India, they will not be content with the sacrifice of any other animal.

Indeed, the Muslims have all the social evils of the Hindus and something more. That something more is the compulsory system of purdah for Muslim women. These burka women walking in the streets is one of the most hideous sights one can witness in India

“Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers.

Caste is not a physical object like a wall of bricks or a line of barbed wire which prevents the Hindus from co-mingling and which has, therefore, to be pulled down. Caste is a notion; it is a state of the mind.

Religion must mainly be a matter of principles only. It cannot be a matter of rules. The moment it degenerates into rules, it ceases to be a religion, as it kills responsibility which is an essence of the true religious act.

A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people.

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality & fraternity.

Some people think that religion is not essential to society. I do not hold this view. I consider the foundation of religion to be essential to the life and practices of a society.

Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. But in politics, Bhakti or hero-worship is a sure road to degradation and to eventual dictatorship.

Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise, both will wither and die.

Though I was born a Hindu, I solemnly assure you that I will not die as a Hindu.

The sovereignty of scriptures of all religions must come to an end if we want to have a united integrated modern India.”

In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.

If you believe in living a respectable life, you believe in self-help which is the best help.

Every man must have a philosophy of life, for everyone must have a standard by which to measure his conduct. And philosophy is nothing but a standard by which to measure.

One cannot have any respect or regard for men who take the position of the reformer and then refuse to see the logical consequences of that position, let alone following them out in action.

For a successful revolution it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights.

Law and order are the medicine of the politic body and when the politic body gets sick, medicine must be administered.

The basic idea underlying religion is to create an atmosphere for the spiritual development of the individual.

The outcaste is a bye-product of the caste system. There will be outcastes as long as there are castes. Nothing can emancipate the outcaste except the destruction of the caste system.

I refuse to join with them in performing the miracle—I will not say trick—of liberating the oppressed with the gold of the tyrant, and raising the poor with the cash of the rich.

If you ask me, my ideal would be the society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. An ideal society should be mobile and full of channels of conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts.

Slavery does not merely mean a legalised form of subjection. It means a state of society in which some men are forced to accept from others the purposes which control their conduct.

What are we having this liberty for? We are having this liberty in order to reform our social system, which is full of inequality, discrimination and other things, which conflict with our fundamental rights.

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government.

A safe army is better than a safe border

Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards our fellow men.

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country is no fit to rule another country must admit that one class is not fit to rule another class.

Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle.... Goats are used for sacrificial offerings and not lions.

A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar.

Religion is for man and not man for religion

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.

The relationship between husband and wife should be one of closest friends.

A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.

A bitter thing cannot be made sweet. The taste of anything can be changed. But poison cannot be changed into nectar.

So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.

Equality may be a fiction but nonetheless one must accept it as a governing principle.

A just society is that society in which ascending sense of reverence and descending sense of contempt is dissolved into the creation of a compassionate society

I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.

Though, I was born a Hindu, I solemnly assure you that I will not die as a Hindu

Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle.... Goats are used for sacrificial offerings and not lions.

Humans are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.

Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.

Life should be great rather than long.

If I find the constitution being misused, I shall be the first to burn it.

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.