Happy Independence Day !!

The true meaning — 69th Independence — Respect a Human, being a Human.

Peace, friendship and cooperation bind people together, as we all come together to celebrate the 69th Independence Day of India.

In most states, school children celebrate by singing patriotic songs, as if today is only one day when the patriotic fever is widespread and children respond to it the maximum while most adults are busy in their daily routines, where we tend to treat this day as just another holiday.

Can the adults utilize this day by truly serving the country, and not their self interests for a day.

For the Prime Minister of the country 15th August means the most, this is the day he reaches out to the nation to unite everyone with a sense of purpose and nation building, but believe you me it’s a difficult task keeping to get the audience’s attention due to the choices available to the people, right from the number of TV channel that can be flipped on a holiday morning, to planning a visit to the nearest mall, or just visiting a relative or friend.

Every year as 15th August draws near India begins to gear for the annual celebrations of freedom won at the stroke of midnight on 14–15th August 1947. The elder generation, especially those born around 1947 or closer to it still feel a strong sense of connect and belonging as they have seen the struggle that people had to go through to achieve freedom, but for the younger generation of today, especially those now in their late teens and twenties, what significance does 15 August hold for them, beyond a holiday from school, college or work ?

Can we reinvent Independence Day within our own societies and bring in relevance to this day, by starting to show respect for our fellow human beings ?

I believe, it should start by showing respect to each and every individual who makes a difference in our daily lives.

On every Independence Day everyone extends warm greetings to every Indian around the world, special greetings are conveyed to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces.

  1. Let’s not forget the Security guys who stand all day in front of your office gate protecting us and our property. When it comes to respect we neglect them thinking they are doing basic job. Please stop and think, they are still your front line of defence before anything can come to you.
  2. The people who work at your home to ensure the place you stay everyday stays a better place to live all the time and you don’t even take a minute to appreciate the effort they have been putting daily, leave aside smiling and talking to them. They truly deserve respect!
  3. The people who work to clean up the garbage on roads, streets, apartments, offices etc, do we really treat them as human beings…..?

Please stop and think are they doing the job because no one else took it up, not because they did not have a choice. We can celebrate true independence only when we actually rise above caste, creed, region, religion, sex, colour, race …etc.

Respect people from the true sense of it, please think from your heart about every choice you make and you will know the wrong ones for sure.

As President Pranab Mukherjee Addresses the Nation on Eve of 69th Independence Day — India is a complex country of 1.3 billion people, 122 languages, 1600 dialects and 7 religions. Its strength lies in its unique capacity to blend apparent contradictions into positive affirmations. In the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, it is a country held together and I quote: “by strong but invisible threads….. About her there is the elusive quality of a legend of long ago; some enchantment seems to have held her mind. She is a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive”

Our democracy is creative because it is plural, but diversity must be nourished with tolerance and patience. Vested interests chip away at social harmony, in an attempt to erode many centuries of secularism. In an age of instant communication through ever-improving technology, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the devious designs of a few, never overcome the essential oneness of our people.

For both government and people the rule of law is sacrosanct, but society is also protected by something greater than law: humanity. Mahatma Gandhi said and I quote: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”

Rabindranath Tagore

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by 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 has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.”

Jai Hind!!


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