I was not born when our great leaders were fighting for the freedom of my country, though I am born in independent country India, Bharat, Hindustan, you call it anything but this is my motherland. I love my soil more than anything, else and my country men may have differences but we all are patriots in our own way. We the citizen of India should take a pledge that whatever happens, we should not let its pride gets compromised with so called differences and hate.
Yesterday, Independence Day was celebrated in India and it is the most important day for every Indian citizen as our country got freedom from the British rule. We celebrate this day every year on 15th of August from 1947. Our country is counted as the world’s largest democracy all over the world. India become an independent country on 15th of August in 1947 after sacrifices of thousands of freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Sukhdev, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lala Lajpat Rai, Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak, Chandra Shekhar Azad, etc. who worked hard to gain independence from the British rule. You all might have read this time and again, but let me remind you once again because, many has celebrated this day as holiday without saluting the Indian Flag and without participating in singing national anthem.
Each and every Indian celebrate his/her freedom in their own way such as decorating their places of celebration, raising National Flag, march past, watching favourite movies, dancing in the streets, singing National Anthem or patriotic songs or participating in many social activities organized at public places. Independence Day is celebrated by the government of India every year when the current Prime Minister of India raised out tricolour national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi followed by Indian army parade, march past, National Anthem recitation, speech and other cultural activities. It was worth watching moment. The entire show gave us the grimes of incredible India.
Independence Day was celebrated with the National Flag salute by the 21 guns firing. Similarly the celebration took place in every states of the country where Governor and the Chief Minister of the states become main guests. Meanwhile many people woke up early in the morning and waited for the speech of Shri Narendra Modi, our Prime Minister on television. He instilled that spirit in each Indian, and especially students as they have many things to learn and prepare for tomorrow’s better India.
On 15th of August people get inspired with the history of India’s independence and do some social activities like that and watch movies based on the patriotic themes. The great non-violence movement of the Mahatma Gandhi, Bapu, helps a lot to our freedom fighters to get freedom from the British rule after 200 long years of struggle. The hard struggle for Independence of India has worked as a huge moving force for every Indian which binds them together at one place whether they belong to different castes, classes, cultures to ritual beliefs to fight for their rights. Even women (Aruna Asaf Ali, Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, Sarojini Naidu, Kasturba Gandhi, Kamala Nehru, Annie Besant, etc) ventured out of their houses and played a great role in securing freedom.
India has always been considered a culturally rich country with diverse food habits, traditions, beliefs, social customs, attire, language, festivals, etc. Though all major religions of the world are practiced here such as Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, citizens of India live in harmony and peace by respecting each other’s beliefs and culture. We must be well-conversant with our rich cultural heritage and do everything to preserve the unique amalgamation of cultures, religions and beliefs. As a student, I want to say to all of you, be at peace, respect the independence and stay united; we have to build our country and become stronger.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)