The Indian National Congress
as a movement expressed a nation's and a people's desire for freedom from imperial
rule. The Divine Principle
recognizes that all people have a right to be free. "When the social circumstances of an era cannot supply the desires of freedom loving people," says the Exposition of the Divine Principle,
"revolutions inevitably erupt" and "revolutions will continue until true freedom has been fully restored" (76). Only a human race that is truly free, free to choose to obey and to worship God
will be able to fulfill the purposes of God's creation. Thus, "the purpose of our search for freedom is to facilitate the accomplishment of our God-given responsibility, which is essential for fulfilling our purpose of creation" (75). Throughout history
, people have been "desperately crying out for freedom" (76). Many freedom movements and struggles have used violence to achieve their aims but the Indian national struggle for independence, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi
was largely non-violent. The Gandhian-legacy would inform the civil rights
work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and many other non-violent struggles for justice around the world. As a dominant political party in post-independence India
, the I.N.C. has tried to maintain good inter-community relations, and has resisted the privileging of any single religion
over others. The Unification movement regards barriers between people based on color, creed, religion, gender or race as an obstacle to the creation of a single, united world of peace and justice. The I.N.C. has tried hard to hold together a diverse nation in a single democracy
and to remove barriers of privilege, especially those that handicap the poorest and those whose social status has traditionally been used to oppress and to exploit them.