Fifteenth August – The Beginning of Beginnings

by Shatika, August 15, 2016

Wings of Freedom

We broke free from the chains of slavery of the British Empire and emerged as the greatest democracy in the world. Nothing can stop an idea which originates from an Indian. We are proud to live in a country where each man has the freedom to speak. The president delivers the ‘Address to the Nation’ on the eve of Independence Day. India’s prime minister unfurls India’s flag and delivers a speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, in Old Delhi. Re-living the speech delivered by the first Prime Minister of free India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Flag unfurling ceremonies and cultural programs are also held in the state capitals and in the whole country. Man is respected for this faith and the religion, he belongs to. This by itself is a great achievement.

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The sprouting of an idea

The seeds of the struggle for independence were sown in 1857. The sepoy mutiny quick started the much-needed revolution for independence. The return of Gandhi Ji, gave it direction. The countrywide independence movement, culminated in the transfer of power, to the Indians. The speech of the first Prime Minister of free India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is remembered with nostalgia. It marked the start of a new era of re-discovery. Two hundred years of the colonial oppression had a trying effect on the people and the scathing effects of the partition are still green today. India celebrates Independence Day on August 15 each year. India became an independent nation on August15, 1947.

National holiday

Independence Day is a day when people in India pay homage to their leaders and to those who fought for India’s freedom in the past. Few days leading up to Independence Day, the major government buildings, are illuminated with strings of lights and the tricolor flutters proudly. Movies about India’s freedom fighters are also shown on television. People go kite flying or sing or listen to patriotic songs. The skies are dotted with countless kites flown from rooftops and fields. In the colors of our flag, to symbolize India’s free spirit. The Red Fort in Delhi is also an important Independence Day symbol in India, as it is where Indian Prime Minister Pandit JawaharLal Nehru unveiled India’s flag on August 15, 1947. Independence Day is a gazetted holiday in India on August 15 each year. National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on this day.

The Flag Flying High

We can hold our heads high, as long as, we are free in spirit, speech, and freedom from fear. Freedom came to us with a price. We lost so many priceless lives, some died unknown yet proud when their day was set. All were relentless and passionate about our motherland and we hope our flag keeps flying high. We hope we grow stronger as a country and not ridden by strife and poverty of thought but compassionate and generous in word thought and action.

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Seventy years of Independence have gone by and every year we re-affirm our faith in our country and move on in life. Happy Independence Day from Shatika and hoping that that people will start asking themselves what they can do for the country rather than expecting the government to do things. Self-help is the best help.

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