Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
These facts are best left to speak for themselves, and it is unnecessary to emphasise the general poverty they disclose. Some observers prefer to dwell on the mitigations of the situation, on a comparison of the worker's existing privations with the hardships which forced him into industrial life, on his scanty knowledge of better things, on the endurance and courage which enable him to tolerate his present condition and, indeed, to extract some pleasure from it, and even on his general inertia and lack of desire for improvement. These also are facts and must be faced, but it is mainly ignorance of his own relative position and lack of belief in the possibility of bettering it which are responsible for his apathy. We rejoice at the evident signs of the awakening of the general conscience which greater knowledge and the ferment of thought in India are combining to produce, and the progress already visible should hearten all those who believe in the possibility of advance. It is on the growth of the will to progress in the community generally, in those responsible for government and for the control of industry, and in the workers themselves that the hope of the future lies.