~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy Independence Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I remember my childhood days , I use to ask my dad to help me to prepare a speech for independence day, I use to prepare myself to give a nice speech on Aug 15th
Those moments are memorable , the interest within us to prepare for speech, the enthusiasm within us to keep everything ready for the day, our white colour uniform, a small flag on our chest , getting up early and going to school and helping workers to keep everything ready for the flag hosting.
I still remember how our teachers use to tell stories of our struggle to get independence, stories of Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhashchandra Bose and many more. I might have missed those days , but I never missed flag hosting ceremony , even while working I always tried to visit my native and celebrate our independence day as a school boy 🙂
Today I wanted to give my message to every one and hence posting this article here.
We are celebrating 68th independence day , its been 67 years that british left our country and we became independent. If we look back to history and think about freedom struggle and sacrifices of our freedom fighters we feel heaviness in our heart, we will feel resentful (angry), we can’t express our emotions, some of you may cry, some of you may become speechless. We lost our wealth , we lost our culture , we lost our unity, we lost our values. Bharat is a land of inventions, Bharat is origin of civilization , Bharat is the land where a language and a script is invented first time ever on the planet, but later things got changed just within few hundred years because of british rule.
That was about the past , but the present of Bharat is showing a rays of hope , future is getting clear to every one . The journey of post independence was very challenging , we have faced every challenge, we have overcome from most of the problems. Inspite of all the challenges our country has achieved great, we have shown the world what is the capability of our nation. We reached Moon, Mars in a unique way, We have shown the strength of military to the world, we have 4th largest and strongest military power in the world, We have shown our capability in technology and science. We are unique in science and technology, today most of the Indians are leading most of the big MNC companies in the world. Sundar Pichai in Google, Satya Nadella in Microsoft, Indira Nooyi in Pepsico,Shantanu Narayen in Adobe, Sanjay Kumar Jha in Motorola now in Global Foundries and many more.
The word’s most powerful countries are looking towards Bharat, we are strong enough to beat every one in many aspects. Everything is great and I am proud to say about the glorious vision of our nation, but My concern is our culture, my concern is about values , my concern is about education system of our country, my concern is about our language, my concern is about our patriotism, my concern is about unity within us. Even if we don’t reach moon that is perfectly OK, but unity within us, a value based education are primary focus.
I feel somewhere we are loosing the track in that manner, Education system in our nation became a business rather than becoming a value based education as said by Swami Vivekananda. According to me we are complete if we are able to get back to our glorious ancient Bharat. We should reconstruct our education system first, We should bring back our solid gurukula system back , our ancient Bharatiya education system was awesome, it was a meaningful education. Today our kids love to talk in english than our own language, today our kids talk more about hollywood movies and other fascinating stuff rather than talking about our freedom fighters, somewhere we are losing values and losing our track in this materialistic life.
Lal Bahadur Shastri ji said “ The preservation of freedom, is not the task of soldiers alone… The whole nation has to be strong.” Being a software engineer , I use to ask myself always, what I am giving back to my nation? Am I developing something great for my nation ? 8 hours in a day we use to work for foreign clients, weekends most of you spend time in shopping malls, in theaters to watch Hollywood movies. I really respect government workers, some of them might be corrupt but at least they are working for our own people.
I read somewhere that in ancient Indian education system Gurukula, the Guru and Students together use to do innovative activities, a bridge somewhere near Vishakapatnam was constructed by Guru and students thousands of years ago and still it is in great conditions. That was the bounding between Guru and Shishya but today we hardly see respect towards a guru . According to me a perfect education system is the one which we teach humanity first rather than science and technology, a perfect education system is the one which teach ethics of every profession.
A Civil engineer must consider an environmental consideration first before constructing a building, he should not construct if its harmful to the Eco system. An electrical engineer must consider what he can do best to the nation, constructing a huge dam to generate power may not be a good idea than establishing a huge solar power station. a computer science engineer must think first about the nation and make things better by giving something great to our nation. In every profession one must be ethical , one must think about our planet first, our nation first, our system first. Earning money should not be a primary concern, but that is not happening in today’s world. For everything money is the biggest factor which change the human mind, which spoil everything.
Swami Vivekananda had said, “The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion – Is it worth the name ? ”. We should work to achieve this and get back our glorious ancient Bharat. You might earn hell lot of money, you might have your own big house, car everything which gives you a luxurious life , but nothing you will take with you at the end, we should first think about giving something back to our nation, that is responsibility of every countrymen .
Let us think for a while and bring change within us on this wonderful day, let us start thinking about every problem what our nation is facing today and try to find a best possible solution and implement it to solve it. Let us think about the future of our nation and work together to achieve it. You make a group within your friends, discuss about our country, take necessary steps to correct the system, bring awareness within people, within your family members, within your friends. Read about Ancient India and spread the facts and story of our nation.
Country has given everything to us, Ask yourself What you have given back to country ?“ The preservation of freedom, is not the task of soldiers alone… The whole nation has to be strong.”
- Lal Bahadur Shastri