"Today, you have worn on your heads a crown of thorns...... You have to remain ever wakeful on that seat. You have to be more truthful, more non-violent, more humble and more forbearing. You had been put to test during the British regime. But in a way it was no test at all. But now there will be no end to your being tested. Do not fall a prey to the lure of wealth. May God help you! You are there to serve the villages and the poor."
-Mahatma Gandhi, on 15th August 1947, when the ministers of the new government of West Bengal visited him in Calcutta.