Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara, these lines were quoted by Capt. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to enter space in reply to our Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on being asked about how India looked from space.
Indeed, what he said was true. In a world so vast, nowhere one would find a country like India, so rich and beautiful. Our richness lies in our cultures and traditions and our beauty lies in people’s hearts.
“Unity in Diversity”, defines our country the best. In a diversity of various religions and languages, we all stand as ONE. Good things don’t come easy and so didn’t our Unity and Freedom. We will always be indebted to the heroes who sacrificed their lives so that we could live this day. 66 years have passed since the clock struck at midnight on 15th August, 1947 declaring our freedom and now the day has arrived again to relive the moment, to remember the heroes named and unnamed, to join in the spirit of Independence and take a vow again to fight from being tamed.
One such hero to be remembered is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of Our Nation or more fondly our Baapu. Gandhiji was a simple man with simple, but strong thoughts. A man who fought a war without weapons. Words were his strength and people’s suffering his weakness. He gave his entire life for the well being of Indian people and their struggle for freedom. A selfless man so hard to find and an iron wall so hard to oppose. A preacher of Ahimsa or non-violence. He gave the world the principle of Satyagraha – Insistence of Truth. A principle also followed worldwide such as by Martin Luther King for his struggle for the colored in the US. Slowly, but non-violently he led India to the path of freedom and embraced death to bullets.
If one remembers the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai, we would realise the important lesson taught to us by Gandhiji, to defeat our fears and stand for the right. The present India is exactly not what the freedom fighters dreamed of, but hand in hand together we can work towards a better India. Let us promise ourselves on this day to carry on the glorious past today, tomorrow and forever and Salute the work and the dreams of the unforgettable heroes.
Guest Contribution by: Ronak Mohanty
Photos by: Ranvir Deb
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