independence day


this is my first-ever entry at blogadda for the contest mera bharat mahan

How can one forget the famous speech made by Jawaharlal Nehru on the stroke of midnight when India gained freedom from many years of British rule? Of the many promises that were made and the duties made to realize one strikes me hard after 63 years of independence because of the sheer futility of it.

The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.”

The entire speech was high on optimism and service and perhaps one of the finest independence speeches I have heard. I am not going to be a critic on Nehru or Gandhi because that will never serve the purpose. History is one fascinating thing. It’s addictive and vindictive at the same time.

Nehru also said, Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. It is but a travesty of sorts for the prevailing situation in India. How long will we keep an eye on the future and do nothing for the present?

Regarding the duties which he bestowed upon us, the one that I liked the most was when he said, “But freedom brings responsibilities and burdens and we have to face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people.” I am not sure about whether the whole of us follow this but we certainly don’t stand to whine about the effects without giving the efforts. It’s as simple as that. A country is not a piece of land but the people. It would be outright foolish to think that we don’t have the ropes in our hands. We always have it, just that we are lazy enough to play it lose or tight.

The closing lines of the famous speech made by Nehru would have made India a star in the truest of self had we (and this doesn’t rule out the ruling class) followed it word by word.

The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.

We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be.

We are citizens of a great country, on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.”

Let the symbolism of this day fly by in a matter of days, let the high-handedness we see around go to hell. We are responsible, powerful and educated enough to bring about a revolution and a revolution will happen for sure. History tells us, anarchy never stayed for long. It’s the law of nature to bring back things to normal otherwise life would have been so meaningless.

Our nation has definitely stridden past its days of agony and we are proud of our achievements, no matter however little or insignificant. It’s not about the triumphs but about the things that we can still do and fulfill the promises long made (who made them is not my concern). This is our own land after all and we are our own people.

We all know the good from the bad and ugly. It’s just a matter of time and understanding of responsibilities from at least our side. Individual errands if fulfilled with dedication and the basic principles of nation building followed good, I don’t see why our nation can’t stop showing the world just news of poverty, naxalism, poor governance, illiteracy, disease, unemployment, crime, corruption, fundamentalism, bureaucracy, social inequality, parochialism  and  clannish tendencies from this wonderful piece of land that is India.

There is much to say, a fire within, much to write but I believe in action and not mere words which if left undone makes u look hollow n incompetent and I wouldn’t love that tag for me. I just pray that everyone gets a sense of duty towards nation building and from their busy schedules try to take out time n read as much as possible about our exotic land and do something to inculcate within ourselves a sense of unity, integration, discipline, belonging, consensus, inclusiveness and power. Anything above that is surely a bonus.

this gift from pringoo would do good enough

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16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on 14/08/2010 at 5:19 pm

    This is one of the mind-boggling post i have ever read and i had expected from you !!

    “It’s the law of nature to bring back things to normal otherwise life would have been so meaningless.”
    very true!! 🙂
    Our little support could make a difference!!
    Once again awe-inspiring post..m proud of u man!!!

    VANDE MATRAM

    Anumita—-

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  2. Posted by vivek singh on 14/08/2010 at 5:28 pm

    ah! and i had expected u to be the first to read dear!
    thanks a lot for the appreciation..
    vande mataram 🙂

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on 14/08/2010 at 5:49 pm

    My pleasure dude!!
    i wud love to be first person to comment on ur post 😛
    shayaad tumhe nahi pata..i always read ur post first 🙂 aur apne valuable comments bhi diye hai 🙂

    Anumita

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  4. oieeeeeeeee……..mastttt likha 😀
    ekdum jhakaaass.. loved the way you brought in the colours 😀

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  5. Posted by vivek singh on 14/08/2010 at 8:51 pm

    hey baby! u read it too..thanks yaar!
    i have at least two audience for life 😛
    yeah, as i had told very much in a mood today..
    “loved the way you brought in the colours” thanks that u noticed 😛

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  6. Do not be the spark Be the Flame … Happy Independence Day Vivek … Be the change you want to see ..

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  7. thats exactly my point tkuli..
    happy independence day..
    i definitely AM the change i want to see (in my own limited ways) and i follow it big time.. 🙂
    thanks for reading this one, am gonna read urs now..
    and this time i too am participating at blogadda.. 🙂

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  8. Wonderful post buddy. Very valid points indeed.

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  9. @ravi: hey, u read my blog, thats wonderful.. thanks!
    yeah, written after getting inspired by today’s morning quota of newspaper 😛

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  10. Posted by D2 on 27/08/2010 at 11:19 pm

    This was truly inspiring. History is addictive and vindictive at the same time. Well said. There’s so much we can learn from history and so much we Indians need to improve and bring changes upon. Like you said, we need to take some time out and change things in our own ways, however minor or enormous the impact we have on the society may be.
    I hope a lot of people read your post and be inspired to do a little better everyday for this beautiful country. You have me, for one.
    And congratulations on winning the contest as well, I must say.

    Jai Hind.

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  11. Posted by vivek on 28/08/2010 at 6:59 pm

    thanks brother! u bet, with more ppl like us i dont see why our nation wont change, and for the better..
    jai hind 🙂

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  12. Posted by RoH on 28/08/2010 at 11:09 pm

    Wow… wonderful post, Viv!! no wonder you won it 🙂
    Hats off! 🙂 Vande mataram 🙂
    // ..History is one fascinating thing. It’s addictive and vindictive at the same time…// So very true 🙂

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  13. Posted by vivek on 29/08/2010 at 10:00 am

    thanks for reading it roh 🙂 vande mataram

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  14. Posted by Sapna on 09/09/2010 at 12:44 pm

    Awesome…

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  15. thanks sapna

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  16. Posted by riddhi on 30/07/2011 at 3:54 pm

    excellent this was one i needed i am sure your going to lead india one day

    Reply

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