The day to thank God for giving India freedom so that it can lead the world.
The day to remember our soldiers who sacrificed their lives and family for India and Her freedom.
The day to remember the revolutionaries who just left everything for the fight for freedom.
The day when India was liberated from slavery of around 1300-1400 years of the Shakas, Huns, Gaznis, Moghuls and the English.
The day when India decided to formulate it’s own destiny and charter Her own path, the path no different from Her founding fathers, the Sages and the Rishis.
Wishing you all my readers a very Happy 73rd Independence Day. A day to rejoice and a day to sit back and think as well.
The day when we decided that we will be a democratic country with a federal structure. The reorganisation of states and the writing of the constitution of India are the two major steps that we have taken during the initial years of our Democracy.
Democratic process has been the heart of our philosophy from the known history. Even when we had Kings ruling their respective states, they had Sabha’s to help them govern. The Sabha’s had a big say in the day to day working of the country. Yes the Kings did have a few rights over the decision of the Sabha’s, but that is the same today. Doesnt the Government come out with an ordinance when needed? But Sabha has a large role to play. The importance of the Sabha can be understood by the single instance of Ram leaving Sita, when a doubt was raised about Her character. The working of Indian kings has been such that there should not be an iota of doubt amongst its citizens about the King or his ministers. If the King doesnt comply to the wishes of the people, we all have witnessed what happens then! A Prime Minister with a brute majority of more than 400 seats in one election, loses the very next election due to charges of corruption and nepotism.
We all know that Krishna belonged to the Vrishni Sangh which was nothing but a congregation of many states which had a King helped by the ministers to govern the land. This is somewhat similar to the Federal structure of India that we have today. Even we get to see such a structure in Thailand which has 9 kings who take the throne one by one after a defined period.
I just want to convey to my readers that let’s not think that we are doing something new. It isn’t so! We are just emulating our forefathers. Only thing is that neither we know our history nor are we interested in knowing it. And this is our biggest problem. We all just feel that India has become civilised after the British came in and before their arrival we were just a bunch of nomadic tribes moving here and there for a living and fighting for lands. We have been taught so through our history books.
On this Independence Day, I urge my readers to read our true history written by historians like R.C.Mazmudar and not by the Government planted stooges who help make text books suit the Government narratives. Also let us understand that India has a very old history of more than 12000-15000 atleast years as independent researchers like Nilesh Oak and others have researched and proven. In the world of Internet today, let us embark on our own research and try to find and understand our roots.
India has been one culturally, socially and politically from the times of Lalitaditya, Samudragupta and Chandragupta. We have been one, as have pointed out in many of my blogs written on Motherland – Matrubhumi series. We have been the pioneers of Unity in Diversity in thoughts, social customs and political leanings.
The three major thoughts of the World, The Vedic way, The Buddhist way and The Jain way have their roots in India. The major religions find a place of respect here. The Parsis who ran away from Iran due to fear of persecution, find a respectable place in India. Islam and Christianity have also been accepted and respected as thoughts and studied here too. The best part of India is that Her citizens have the freedom to practise and live any thought that they feel is good for them. Even to the extent, that even non-believers or atheists find a respectful place here. This is the broad mindedness of India.
Today when one sees the political manoeuvring in the country, one is disheartened that did our founding fathers or our forefathers fight for this. They too have erred a lot, but that does not give us the right to criticize them or picture them the way we do today. If we as the present generation feel that these are some mistakes which were committed, then the best way is to correct them, not sit on them. And who can guarantee that what we do today will not be corrected later by the future generations?
Let us together do our best for India. Give our best to India. Perform our duties and own up for the mistakes we commit during performance of our duties.
Let us see to it that India not only thrives as an economic super power but also as a spiritual superpower, in which the solution to all the problems lie.
Let us research and find and try to go to our roots and learn to cling to them and live by them.
Let us be civilised and cultured in our behaviour with each other and towards every Indian, rather every citizen of the world.
Let us pray for peaceful and a healthy world and let there be good faith and good will around us and let there be no ill will.
We are the land of
वसुधैव कुटुंबकम । (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) (the whole world is a family)
आनो भद्राः कृतवोयन्तू विश्वतः । ( Aano Bhadraha Krutvoyantu Vishwatah) (Let the noble thoughts flow to me from all the directions)
सर्वेत्र सुखिनः सन्तु, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयः ।
सर्वे भद्रानि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद् दुःखमापनुयात् ।।
(Sarvetra Sukhinaha Santu, Sarve Santu Niramayaha,
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu, Ma kaschid Dukhamapnuyaat)
Wishing you and your families a very Happy 73rd Independence Day.
Also wishing the citizens of Korea, Congo and Liechtenstein with whom India shares Her Independence Day!
PS : would also request my readers to read the following blog written by D K Hariji and Hemaji
Svatantrata – True Independence