”At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.’’
– Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of Independent India.
It was on this fateful night of 15th August 1947, that our motherland gained freedom. After a long period of struggle and sacrifices, both silent and violent. Many have suffered endlessly, killed brutally, been exploited and tortured for reasons as simple as turning against the forced government.
It has been almost seven decades. 69 years of Independence . We Indians who were born much later, might never realize what this fateful night back then would have meant for a people. We might never know what it feels like to die for the motherland , to kill for the motherland, and to fight for the motherland.
We, the modern and westernized Indians, might never ‘feel’ the passionate struggle for freedom. We might read about it, hear about it, and watch movies about it, but we might never ‘feel’ it that way. We’ve come too far away from that life, and those times. The world has changed and so has the spirit of our nation.
This nation of ours which is SO special. But let me tell you that India isn’t just another developing democratic country. Our people aren’t just poor and corrupt. That is just one aspect and challenge for a developing country.
India is a huge nation . The fact that it still stands strong, is proof enough of its greatness.
A country with such epic diversity. Where the language, customs, dress up, cuisine, and religion changes every few miles. Each state is like a whole new country, with so much to learn and explore, even for an Indian. And yet, there is unity . We might be Punjabi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Rajasthani etc, but at the end of the day, we are Indians.
Our history is unique, our culture is unique . We are an ancient nation, which has contributed so much to the world. There is so much that even we Indians don’t know about our country. Specially the younger generations. And I’m afraid that with increasing globalization, the spirit of our nation would die, sooner or later.
What have our ancestors fought for then? What did they die for?
No, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t take part in the global culture. We must contribute and grow as a nation. But not at the cost of our own motherland.
India has been going through changes for long now .
People are questioning the system, moving away, ignoring the better side, and turning away from what must be seen. And that is – the potential and hope that our country has.
To inspire ourselves to do something for our nation, we must see WHY. If we do not take pride in what India is, we might never be able to overcome the challenges we are facing today. Running away and adapting new cultures is very easy. But to live with what we have and make an effort to change what needs to be changed, is the biggest challenge. We can’t turn away because we face problems today. What we must see is that we need to protect and care for our motherland, which is in more need of care now, than it ever was.
To gain independence from domination is difficult. But to handle that gift of freedom is even more difficult. The gift that our ancestors have given to us, must be utilized wisely. And it is we, the children of modern India, who can pledge to grow with the changing world, and yet protect the spirit of our motherland. Without which, the world wouldn’t be complete in itself.
India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother history, he grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. – Mark Twain
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. – Albert Einstein
Happy 69th Independence Day!