Indian Independence, 1947

Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance…. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.Jawaharlal Nehru (Speech on Indian Independence Day, 1947)

The British had initially come for trade but gradually took over the total administration of the country devastating and shredding the nation into pieces for over 150 years.

At the stroke of midnight of August 15, 1947, India shook off the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of celebration all over the country.

Commemorating the day India attained freedom, 15th of August every year is celebrated as Indian Independence Day.

Today, on the 15th of August 212, I celebrated the day as Independence day with much pride and glory for my beloved country.

While singing the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana‘ today, I was feeling as though my heart would burst out of all the emotions it contained inside. All the pride for our freedom-fighters. All the love for my nation.

While the Tricolor unfurled soaring high in the sky showering flowers on everyone gathered on the occasion, I could not stop imagining how extremely grateful I feel of all those great men who sacrificed their lives to win this freedom for our nation from enemy hands. From Mahatma Gandhi to Chandrashekhar Azad, from Chhatrapati Shivaji to Lokmanya Tilak and all those patriots and soldiers who guard and protect my country from brazen hands. I salute each one of those great souls who helped us to see our lives in a glowing light with the abundance of prosperity and peace owing to the difference they made without which we wouldn’t have realized our dreams of an independent nation. Each word of the national anthem that flowed from my lips filled my soul with stupendous pride and triumphant joy for my country.

On the television set, I watched the Prime-minister of India, Dr. Man Mohan Singh deliver a long-length speech

at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on lines of failures and successes addressing the nation to contribute towards the eradication of illiteracy, unemployment, corruption, poverty which are a serious hindrance in the path of progress.

It has been 65 years since the midnight of 14th August 1947 that we are an independent nation.65 years of sacrifices. 65 years of freedom. 65 years of peace. 65 years of Independence.

I wish a very ‘Happy Independence Day’ to all my countrymen.

Jai Hind!

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Asha Seth