Thursday, 26 January 2012

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...straight from the heart of an INDIAN



“With the dawn of a new day, came a new stage,
With determined agitation, we broke a white cage,
India rose to freedom, when the world was asleep,
The jailor had to back off, before our leap.”
At the dawn of history, India started on her quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving, and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike, she has never lost her sight of that quest, or forgotten the ideals, which gave her the strength. The achievement which we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? What exactly does ‘Freedom’ mean to us?
Freedom does not merely mean breaking the bondage of the oppressor by the oppressed. But it has a rather significant appeal to break off the internal bondages, of thought, knowledge, customs and traditions. The greatest freedom, is the freedom from all prejudices, preconceived notions, conditioning, ideologies, conflicting desires, hatred & anger- until you have achieved awareness of pure consciousness- you cannot call yourself free, you are not independent. Once you have that awareness, you realize what freedom is…what Independence means The road to freedom is not strewn with roses. It is a path covered with thorns, but at the end of it, there is the full blown rose of liberty, awaiting the tired pilgrim. We have gained freedom when we had paid the full price for our right to live. Freedom is to live one’s life, with the window of the soul open to new thoughts, new ideas, new aspirations. In 1947, Winston Churchill laughed at the idea of India as a Democracy. Today, it is the world’s largest

“As we celebrate our success, we must know

That it has not reached its zenith, our story must grow.
We have come a long way but there are fears
Though my lips have smiles, still it appears,
Many eyes are moist…many filled with tears.”
Even as we complete the 63rd year of India becoming a republic, we still talk about our rights, but refrain from uttering a word about our duties. Instead of asking what the nation has done for you, you must first question yourself- What have I done for my nation? For thousands of years, India has produced a remarkable number of great leaders. We have a billion people to follow their footsteps. Now, we need one to step into their shoes. The health of democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by the private citizens. And also, we must speak out of our duties first, and then demand for our rights. Too little freedom brings stagnation, and too much brings chaos. Hence to lead an ideal life, duties must be coined together with our rights. Our nation can continue its march only if we all offer our hands and uplift the country. I can disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to death, your right to say it. This is the essence of freedom. One must be more aware and vigilant about his duties, than his rights.
So, let us redeem our pledge that we would rather die on our feet, than live on our knees.
“Who dwells in our memory with his spinning wheel?
Who reminds us constantly and makes his appeal?
To redeem our pledge, on this day let us ensure,
That our caravan not falter on any score
Oh travelers, we must yet, travel some more‼”
Jaya Hey…Jaya Hey…Jaya Hey!!     


-Ajinkya Mandhare.

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