A lovely day.....A i turned on Doordarshan after a long time to catch the Live Independence Day Celebrations Live from the Red fort, what do i see and hear? The fine strains of lilting music of shehnai, by none other than Bismillah Khan.
Followed by the telecast and a reflective episode of Satyamev Jayate wihe programme.th a promise from Amir Khan for a second season of the programme, soon.
And then? The soul lifting song..... Mile sur mera tumhara.... to sur mile hamara......
2012. A significant year in my life. A year ill remember with pride all my life for many personal reaons. Is the world supposed to end this year on December?
Why is the world believed to end this year in December? Because the Mayan Calendar ends that day and Nostradamus predicted the Sun would line up with the centre of the milky way and burn everything to death.
Some doomsday forecasters believe that on December 21, 2012, the Earth will experience unprecedented cataclysmic disasters ranging from massive earthquakes to tsunamis to Nuclear Reactor meltdowns.
If that is true, all the more reason for all of us to take stock out of our lives and our Nation and contemplate on that needs to be changed. And if we all are NOT going to die this year, all the more reason for us to stay charged and usher in Change, which will make living on this Planet a better place for all things, Living and Non living.
Yesterday evening the newly elected President, His Excellency Mr Pranab Mukerjee addressed the nation for the first time after being elected. He called for a second wave of Freedom Struggle to eradicate the three evils plaguing our country:
He claimed to be an Optimist and talked of several other needs of the country. He talked about Gender Equality the need to stand by Farmers in their difficult times, conserving Mother nature, praised the Armed forces and the Police Personnel, need for peace and Non violence. He also praised the Indian sportsmen for both participation and winning medal and bringing glory to the nation at the Olympics.
Hailing Gandhiji as the architect of our country he concluded by urging fellow countrymen to work with devotion by adopting the ideology of PEACE and keeping PROGRESS in the Horizon.
As per tradition, the Prime Minister Mr Manmohan
unfurled the Tricolor at the ramparts of the Red Fort with 3500 eager school children dresses in saffron, green white and sky blue along with dignitaries .
Like the President, the PM, Mr Manmohan Singh also talked about battling poverty, illiteracy, hunger ND backwardness to truly celebrate freedom.
In his 35 minutes speech he talked about the achievements in the recent years like providing health services and electricity to villages, a polio free India, providing mid day meals to 12 crore school children,
He talked about the plans for future like providing skills to youth for employment, opening banks in villages, th abundance of grains stored in godowns despite unreliable monsoons, and the universal need of working together for the progress of our country.
praising the scientists of our nation the PM announced that MISSION MARS had been given sanction.
In his book 'What Young India Wants', author Chetan Bhagat has talked about , 'My Great Indian Dream'.
"All of us need to engage with the issues involving our country. We need to not ignore politics because we feel nothing will ever be done. things do change and so will our country.However, it will change much faster if YOU come on board. it will change for the better if YOU want to change.Let us contribute to this new direction India needs to move in. When people look back on our times, they may say this was a period of great turmoil. But let them not say it was the time when people sat around and did nothing to make things better. Just like the freedom fighters who made such sacrifices for us, let us also join hands to make India a better place. Thee is no Hindu India or Muslim India. There is no Punjabi India or Tamil India. There is no upper caste India or lower caste India. There is not even a Congress India or a BJP India. There is just one India, our country, which we all want to become a better place. We want a Nation that is rich, respected and has a good place in the world. We want a society with good values. And as long as we are on the same page fore that, I will continue to have high hopes for my country."
In the path breaking Television Talk Show 'Satyamev Jayate', Amir Khan touched the chord of the nation. He highlighted many burning issues plaguing the nation:
Satyamev Jayate received overwhelming positive response and feedback from both the critics as well as the public. The show was widely appreciated by several film and television personalities, politicians and social activists for its research, format, presentation and content. The show highlighted sensitive social issues prevalent in India such as female foeticides, child sexual abuse, dowry, medical malpractice, honor killings, insensitivity towards the physically disabled, domestic violence, overuse of pesticides leading to pesticide poisoning, alcoholism, untouchability, plight of senior citizens and water crisis.
And Independance day is not just in the heartbeat of evry Indian, but every NRI, living in four corners of the world.
This is waht Hillary Clinto had to sayabout today:
Through my many visits to India, I have been impressed with the creativity of the Indian people, the richness of your culture, and the resilience and strength of your democratic institutions. From the freedom movement led by Mahatma Gandhi to independence in 1947 through today, India continues to stand as a beacon for the world of the powocker of nonviolence and the promise of democracy. The United States stands side by side with India in a strategic, indispensable partnership built on our shared democratic values and fundamental belief in the entrepreneurial spirit. Our governments and our people will continue to work together to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century, laying the foundation for continued peace and prosperity in Asia and around the world.
In USA the Indian Independence Day started in Dallas and moved to New jersey. the parade was a grand affair showcasing the pride Indians abroad have for their country of belonging. The Parade will move to Chicago and San Francisco finally reaching Madison Avenue in New York on the 19th August .
In Dubai, a Blood donation Camp was organized by the Consulate General of India, along with the Indian community and Friends of India organizations. A 10km run was also organized to commemorate the Independence Day.
Perhaps the most innovative message on Independance day came from space - in the form of Sunita Williams
who sent congratulatory message, sitting... er... floating near the Tricolor!
ZEE Tv also brought in the 66th Independence Day celebrations by pledge to plant 65 lakh saplings with its two year old campaign, My Earth, My Duty with the Ex President Dr Abdul Kalam participating in this drive.
Another cheerful note - Delhi adopts the Sparrow : as the State Bird, in a bid to protect the dwindling number of sparrows
in the city, by giving it special rights via a campaign : 'Rise of the Sparrows'.
And how can we forget the most import :ant thing about today..... remembering out leaders who sacrificed thir lives to free us from over 2 centuries of britis Rule : Gandhiji, Pandit nehru, Bhikaji Cama, Rani Laxmibai, Tnati tope, BhGAT SINGH, CHADRASHEKHr Azad, Patel, Jinnah and more.
And it was heartening to her Lataji sing:
Tum bhool na jao unko..... is liye suno ye kahaani, jo shaheed hue hain unki.... zara yaad karo kurbani.........ae mere watan ke logon.... zaa ankh main bhar lo paani...............
Wishing all my Bharatwasi a Happy Republic Day... JAI HIND!