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Happy Independence Day

Posted by Shreyans Jain Tuesday, 13 August 2013 0 comments

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.
                                                                                        -- Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru

The journey from 15 August 1947 to 15 August 2013 has been a saga of memorable experiences, both bitter and sweet. Envisioned as the engine of growth and the supreme power of Asia, India has witnessed unprecedented economic growth and development since independence from the British rule. From a nation gripped in the claws of malnutrition and hunger, today we have not only become self-sufficient in food but have also ensured food security for our citizens for a brighter and healthier future. From a nation struggling with abject poverty and depravity, today we have made several successful attempts to bridge the divide between the haves and the have-nots. From a nation suffering from obnoxious caste-based discrimination and oppression, today we have succeeded to a great extent in curbing these practices and narrowing down the differences among people belonging to different social and religious groups. We have played a pivotal role in strengthening the social fabric of India and imbibe a spirit of patriotism among the citizens. We have strengthened the roots of secularism and ensured equal opportunities to all in virtually all spheres of life. From an agriculture dependent stagnant economy stuck in the path of slow economic growth, today we have leveraged India’s influence across the world and brought it to the altar of high economic growth and development. We have become stronger as an economy and have made sensational shifts into the industrial and manufacturing sectors. This has resulted in not only the generation of tremendous employment opportunities but has also made India a pioneer of technology. Today, we possess arguably, the sharpest and the most dexterous professionals who are scaling new heights each day irrespective of the obstacles in their path. From a nation that possessed a weak defence structure and fought with swords and daggers, today we have strong and highly competitive defence forces equipped with the latest technology defence warfare equipment to guard the nation from its enemies. We now possess one of the best armed forces that have provided our nation with impenetrable armour.

However, there are several disheartening facets that must not be belittled as they expose the chinks in our nation’s armour. Politics, today have taken a ghastly turn. From cowardly terrorist attacks to cold blooded fake encounters, from violence along communal and ethnic lines to the incidents of crimes against citizens in general and women in particular, Indian politicians have stooped to lower and lower levels and spared no opportunity to politicise the issue to further their interests. Neither the agony of the aggrieved individuals nor the loss of life and property has deterred them from thinking beyond their electoral considerations. Consequently, they have been unabashedly carrying out ‘loot and plunder’, showing scant regard for the institutions of the Constitution of the sentiments of the people of India. Corruption has reached such alarming proportions that a loss of a few hundred crores to the exchequer every other day has now failed to provoke the masses. Thanks to the shoddy investigation carried out in the aftermath of the outbreak of scams and scandals, seldom is any strict action taken to seize the booty and the perpetrators thus, easily escape the noose by circumventing the law. In this society moving rapidly towards increasing ‘modernisation’, virtues and values are drying out. Crimes against women – rape, molestation, dowry-death, acid-attack, forcible flesh-trade have reached shocking figures and the concerned authorities have only distanced themselves from their duties.

The need of the hour is to check the ever increasing westernisation of the India society. It is high time we ‘redeem our pledge’ and strengthen our laws. India is surrounded by several hostile forces that intend to create unrest in the country and balkanise it. We need to see through their nefarious designs and thwart their cowardly attempts to derail the peace process. It is high time we take corrective measures to tackle the menace of corruption and crack the whip on the ever increasing trend of dynastic politics. It is necessary to revamp our policies to control the rate of crime in our society and devise stringent and deterrent punishments for those who tend to denigrate the sacrosanct institutions of our Constitution.

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
                                           --William Shakespeare

On the eve of Independence Day, we must remind ourselves of the vision of our great freedom fighters and their doctrines of universal brotherhood of mankind and service to the nation. Let us push ourselves into ascending the growth ladder but not trample upon our diverse cultural and moral values.
Wish you all a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!



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