The new basis has to be built here in the villages where the Hindus and the Muslims have lived and suffered together on the land of their forefathers and must live together in the future.
I ask all Hindus and Muslims to devote
themselves to the noble task of recognizing village life and in
improving their economic condition. Through cottage industries they
will find themselves working together in the common task, and unity
will thereby grow among them. You must carry out my eighteen point
constructive work which will spread like a life giving influence
over the entire country side.
You should banish intoxicating drinks
and drugs from your midst. I hope that you will eradicate
untouchability if there is any trace of it still left in your
village. The Hindus, the Muslims, the Sikhs, the Parsis and the
Christians should all live as brothers and sisters. If you achieve
all I have mentioned, you will demonstrate real independence and
people from all over India will come to see your model village and
take inspiration from it.
That the edifice of unity can rest on
constructive work alone is a maxim which everybody should remember.
The question is how to realize it. It is up to every worker who
believes in it to live it in his life and to bring home to his
neighbor’s. By going into explaining the scientific basis of the
constructive programme, it can be made interesting. Our daily
experience shows that this programme cannot be advanced by
mechanical or unintelligent work.