Address of the Maharaja to the Praja Sabha
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We recently expressed our wish and pleasure that
means be designed whereby our people may be more
closely associated in our Councils; and in pursuance
of our commands thus declared, those persons appointed
by us to give practical shape to our wishes have
submitted their recommendations which have been
accepted by us.
The assemblage here present this day is the outcome
of their labours to give outward form to our behests.
It is the first of its kind in recent times; but, of
old, the duties which you will have to perform, were
duties which were always shouldered, and loyally
discharged, by the "Praja" ever since the
institution of monarchy came into being in this
ancient land of India. To acquaint themselves with the
needs of their people the kings of old have caused to
be performed, and maintained, bodies from village
Panchayats upto assemblies of this nature, composed of
the representatives of the various interests in their
kingdoms, our own records bear witness to this.
For our part we declare that Divine Provenance
having laid upon us the sacred duty to care equally
for all those committed to our guardianship, we can
recognize no difference between one person and another
or between one class and another. They are all our
beloved children, whatever their persuasion or creed,
and we desire to protect, foster, guide, and advance
them by every means in our power.
Out of the great love and affection we bear our
beloved subjects, we have called you to do your part
in working for the well being of this State. We have
appointed your task and indicated the lines of the
service you can render to yourselves and to your Ruler
whose ordained duty it is to safeguard and promote
your best interests. We desire you to enter upon the
discharge of your responsibilities in such, a way that
your behaviour may be an example to others and your
achievements at once a model for them to emulate and a
monument to your own earnestness end your loyalty to
the State that you serve.
No one here today can fail to realize that both in
theory and practice, the existence of a stable society
and a peaceful community involves, and presupposes, a
head, whose sway must be ungrudgingly accepted, and
whose behests must be loyally carried out, if the
harmony and orderly progress of the community is to be
achieved. In recent times. certain nations have
departed from this, and the world has witnessed the
sorry spectacle of chaos and anarchy. The fate of
these nations should provide us with an object lesson.
Those who have chosen precipitately to break from
their ancient moorings have not yet found the haven of
peace, they are still floundering in stormy waters.
Peace and harmony are the essential conditions of
progress and prosperity, and all can see that the
world of the present day, after experiencing the storm
and stress of unsettlement, is once again discovering
the axiom that peaceful progress, even if slow, is in
the long run the best indeed, the only, way.
Beware of impassioned utterances so much in vogue
today. They invariably formulate unbalanced and
unpractical ideals that are as much divorced from
decisive factors and stern realities as they are
foreign to the genius of our race. Cultivate sobriety
of thought and expression, shunning all that is
disruptive, and devote all your energies to creative
and constructive work which alone can help to
ameliorate the lot, and conduce to the happiness of
those whose spokesmen you have undertaken to be.
With these words of counsel and admonition by which
we hope to plant the feet of our beloved subjects on
the path of solid progress and achievement, we hereby
declare this Praja Sabha (State Assembly) duly and
well inaugurated and opened.
May the Dispenser of all Bounties in His infinite
mercy and wisdom bless your labours, and may those
labours, conducted in perfect harmony, redound to the
credit of our subjects whose first chosen
representatives you are, and to the glory of our
unique heritage and of the body politic.