“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up onto fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arm towards perfection
Where the clear storm of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into the heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
It’s been 72 years since India achieved her independence, 72 years since India as a country grew free from the British to have its own constitution, 72 years since we as Indians, got our own rights and most importantly, freedom to practice those fundamental rights. In the past 72 years of being independent, India has had its own share of achievements, from being the world’s fastest growing economy to having been able to eradicate various epidemics like polio. From being able to join other countries in the race to MARS, to being the country with the most number of religions, cultures and languages. India has definitely achieved a lot since her independence in 1947. Needless to say India has done and achieved a lot since independence.
But are these achievements enough for an independent India? The answer is definitely a huge NO. India still faces many challenges for which solutions need to be found. Religious intolerance, violence against women, poverty, illiteracy, mob lynchings are just a few examples of these challenge. It’s very rightly said that “a nation’s culture and integrity lies in the hearts and soul of its people.” Each one of us experiences the feeling of patriotism on Independence Day or Republic Day. But what is more important is to have this sense of patriotism always.
Our identity does not start with our religions or religious beliefs, it starts with the fact that we are Indians first. All our problems can find its solution if all of us as citizens of the country, come together and help our country to become what it needs to be.
“Sarfaroshikitamanna ab hamare dil me hai
Dekhna hai zorkitnabaazu-e-qaatil me hai”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharol Shibu- Jesus and Mary College, DU