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Embarking on the 60th Year…

As I pen this, I am taken back to school days, when every Aug 15 was a marked event. The amateurish skits enacted by children of all sizes, the vigorous group song practice sessions which led to the final “live” performance, the flag hoisting followed by the national anthem and lastly but not the least the sweets/chocolates distributed to one and all had a beautiful charm about them, which has the power to leave me feeling oddly choked and overcome with emotions even today. In truth I understood the real meaning of the word nostalgia when a sudden wave hit me the first year I was away from school.

Not many will be able to relate to this because unlike Kendriya Vidyalayas, most schools sadly have this ridiculous tradition of celebrating Independence Day ( read a namesake flag hoisting) a day before and the whole necessity of the act is lost on me. Maybe what is happening at these schools is a reflection of the sentiments of today’s generation. Have we reduced the Independence Day celebration to a farce and nothing else?

Of course there have been high points here and there and there are those who have brought accolades to India like Sania Mirza , Narayan Karthikeyan, Nooyi, Mithal,NRN etc but at the same time let us not forget there are many farmers still committing suicide because of poverty
( whatever happened to National Rural Guarantee Employment Act?), the capital is still battling electricity shortage woes especially in view of the Common Wealth Games soon to be, terrible roads , unnecessary and badly planned flyovers ,cases of delayed justice, reservation issues and what not…

59 years ago at the strike of 12, India embarked on a new journey, towards its destiny. Today in retrospect one can say that the journey is still incomplete and we have been waylaid by the evils that encompass us. To secede from the past and walk towards the future that beckons is the “ownership” each Indian will have to take. In Robert Frost’s words- there are promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep…
Jai Hind.

2 comments:

Goutham said...

very thoughtful use of colors.. :)

yes, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed.. hopefully we will get around to facing one thing after another..

Mukund said...

yes, miles and miles to go....

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