Atanu Dey On India's Development

Thomas Jefferson on Democracy


A few quotes from Thomas Jefferson, for the record, as they appear to refer to India’s present predicament.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.


  1. Atanu: I do not know if the irony of being a fan simultaneously of Jefferson and Lee Kuan Yew has ever struck you. As I understand, it is the most unlikely combination.

  2. Amit,

    I do assume that you believe that Thomas Jefferson was in favor of democracy. Is my assumption correct?

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