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Jawaharlal Nehru
1889 - 1964

First prime minister of India after it achieved independence from the British. Nehru held office from 1947 until his death after a stroke in 1964.

No country or people who are slaves to dogma and the dogmatic mentality can progress, and unhappily our country and people have become extraordinarily dogmatic and little-minded.

quoted in Jawaharlal Nehru - a Biography, by Sarvepalli Gopal