Happy Independence Day India

At the stroke of midnight, as India moved into August 15, 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, read out the famous speech proclaiming India’s independence. The moment ended three centuries of British colonial rule. The land was no longer the summer retreat of British. Independence was also the end of nearly a century of struggle for freedom, battles, betrayals and sacrifices. It also created a situation where we were responsible for ourselves. For a lot of people, in spite of a new era promised by independence, partition was a painful reality and so was the bloodshed that accompanied it.

That was 69 years ago. Much has changed; the struggle for freedom lives on in history books and memoirs, and on the tombstones of valiant martyrs. Politics has undergone a personality change from fiery idealism to a pragmatic cynicism. Karma drives the nation on its way forward, and population has crossed the billion mark.

But, come August 15, and the people put their troubles behind them for a while, as they stand up as a nation for the National Anthem. Along with the soaring cadences of the anthem, the hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow are renewed in political speeches and replays of the deeds of those who earned us our freedom. Happy Independence Day!!

Freedom in the mind, Faith in the words, Pride in our hearts & Memories in our souls… Let’s salute the nation on Independence Day! Wishing you all a happy Independence Day to my fellow Indians..

Freedom in the mind, Faith in the words, Pride in our hearts & Memories in our souls… Let’s salute the nation on Independence Day! Wishing you all a happy Independence Day to my fellow Indians..

On the eve of Independence day let’s recollect ‘Where the mind is without fear’ by Rabindranath Tagore:

Where the mind is without fear (Chitto jetha bhoyshunyo) is one of the most quoted poems in India and Bangladesh. Written by Rabindranath Tagore before India’s independence, it represents Tagore’s dream of how the new, awakened India should be to fight and chase the British from India. The original Bengali language poem was published in 1910 and was included in the 1910 collection Gitanjali and, in Tagore’s own translation, in the 1912 English edition of Gitanjali.

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 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 has not lost its way into
the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widenning
thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

-Rabindranath Tagore

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13 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day India

      • It is on my workstation too. Let me ease your work of finding it online. Here is it –

        By all means they try to hold me secure who love me in this world.
        But it is otherwise with thy love which is greater than theirs,
        and thou keepest me free.

        Lest I forget them they never venture to leave me alone.
        But day passes by after day and thou art not seen.

        If I call not thee in my prayers, if I keep not thee in my heart,
        thy love for me still waits for my love.

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