15
Aug
08

61 years of Freedom

And so, today we celebrate India’s Independence Day. Rewind 61 years back in history, on 15th August 1947 a nation called India was born. After nearly 400 years of domintion by Britain, the Tricolor was raised at the Red Fort by Jawaharlal Nehru. There was nothing apart from ‘freedom’ to boast of. Poverty, Partition, Communalsim were only few of the many issues. India has come a long way since then. Who would have thought the nation would be the 2nd fastest economy if we would be among the global leaders in Information Technology by 2008.  From JRD Tata to Lakshmi Mittal, Dhyan Chand to Sachin Tendulkar, Rabindranath Tagore to MF Hussain, Indians have exceled in every field. There are some Indians who may still prefer a Western country like the US to India. But what they are forgetting is that it took the US over 2 centuries to achieve what they are now whereas India is still a very young nation. Of course, poverty and communalism are there. Every country has its fair share of problems, and We are no exception. What we as Indians should do is work towards the betterment of the nation. We all are aware of John F kennedy’s famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” But not many aware this was only a part of the quote. He had after this said, “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” I believe it is the latter than the former which should be applied to us Indians, especially to those who are wannabe American desis. As Kennedy said Freedom of man is the Ultimate goal of humanity.

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