Who Can be Called A Great Man ?

16 07 2007

Sincerity and intellect are enough to mark out an individual as being eminent as compared to his fellows. But they are not enough to raise him to the dignity of a great man. A great man must have something more than what a merely eminent individual has. What must be that thing? Here comes the importance of the philosophers definition of a great man. A great man must be motivated by the dynamics of a. social purpose and must act as the scourge and the scavenger of society. These are the elements which distinguish an eminent individual from a great man and constitute his title deeds to respect and reverence.

N.B:- In defining these three criteria for great men, Dr. Ambedkar has used ” Carlyle’s test for Sincerity”, “Lord Rosebery’s test of Intellect for Napoleon” and ” a test of divine guidance suggested by philosophers”. It is discussed in more detailed in accompaning paragraphs.

SECTION III, Ranade, Gandhi and Jinnah. Vol-I, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writing and Speeches

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28 04 2010
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