The Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and glory for its citizens. The preamble of our Indian constitution starts with the words – “WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA” –yes, we the people of India, feel proud of being citizens of free India. 15th August is a day when we can proudly admire ourselves as Indian citizens as at the stroke of midnight of August 15, 1947, India shook off the shackles of British Rule and attained independence. On this special occasion, we pay rich tribute to those freedom fighters and patriots by saluting & remembering them who sacrificed their “today’s for our tomorrow”. However it is a day not just worth celebrating but to re-think, re-evaluate and re-dedicate ourselves for the cause of nation building.
For me “Freedom” means to dream without inhibitions, to choose our destiny or path, to speak our mind and to make our own decision. Being citizens of an Independent country, each one of us expect to enjoy rights to live, progress and prosper without discrimination and benefit from the policies & resources of our nation without fear or favour.
Today, let us take a few moments to reflect on how the nation has done in the past, and where it is headed to in the present and in the times to come. When we look at our social & political system and compare ourselves with the developed world, can we really claim that we are truly independent? I wish to see a shining India in the golden words of Tagore -
Where the mind is without fear & the head is held high,Where knowledge is free,
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls,
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
Where the clear stream of reason hasn’t lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought & action—
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Happy Independence Day to all…