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HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY, DEAR FELLOW INDIANS!

Even as my family and I hurl the national flag atop our little house my eyes turn moist. My twelve year old son is amused.

“After all, it is just a flag. And we are showing respect to our country by hoisting it, that’s it” he thinks.

But, it happens to me every time I hold the national flag. Even patriotic songs do that, something stirs within – I feel great pride for being an Indian,  warmth for being part of a nation with the oldest democracy, joy for belonging to a country that houses people of so many different religions and faith and yet stay united,  pride for the nation that created Ayurveda,  Chess, Charkha,  ZERO (where would the world be without this number?), proud to be part of that spectacular country that gave to the world Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus,the list can just go on.

It is like an ocean of emotions that spring out just like that. Makes me want to believe that in some incarnation I was a freedom fighter fighting for my country. No! No! I am not elevating myself. It is a genuine feeling that sweeps over me. My mother saw to it that I learnt my history and civics well, that I read Amar Chitra Katha comics on all our freedom fighters. Maybe, that sowed the seed. Maybe I did indeed march forward with sword, gun and lathi to protect my land. Maybe…

But then, there is also desperation when I perceive people wringing the goodness out the nation and giving back nothing in return. There is hurt when people treat the nation like dirt, only wanting to use India for their selfish wants. There is anger when I see many, both among the very young and the older people being ruthless and mean when it comes to treating their fellow Indians with equality. India continues to give, to its citizens and to the world.

  • When will WE learn to feel gratitude for this mighty nation?
  • When will WE learn to convert this gratitude into action?
  • When will WE take the first few steps towards transforming this beautiful nation into a land where every man, woman, child gets to eat, has shelter, is able to understand with the aid of basic education?
  • When will WE do little things that can make a difference?

This day, this republic day I salute all the heroes, real life heroes, our soldiers – army, navy and air force who have been protecting our country from strong winds and storms of terrorism that try to spread the virus of hate, terror, selfishness, violence in our peace loving nation.

This day, this republic day, I salute all the unsung heroes, the ordinary people, the aam aadmi who continue to work unconditionally for the society, for the country without expecting anything in return.

 Wishing You A Very Happy Republic Day 2012.

Wishing You a Year That Makes You Make A Difference, for Yourself and for the Nation!

VANDE MATARAM!

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16 Comments

  1. azima

    hello Shail ji,
    Wishing u a Happy n hopeful Republic Day to all.Hope for the vision u saw for our motherland to b fulfilled.Hope tht little efforts from each citizen bring massive change.Hope one day every citizen of India will have all fecilities and amenities.Hope no one will b treated unequal and hope the Unity in Diversity will b forever remains as an exceptional example to the whole world.
    JAI HIND.

  2. Wishing you the same too.. Although I pray this feeling you described is in all of us and everyday.. Maybe then we will have the India that we want…

    Lets hope ….

    Jai hind

  3. Vivek Iyer

    Happy Republic Day to you too
    Thank you for the lovely wishes – “MAY GOD AND GOODNESS BE WITH YOU”.

  4. Vanita Somvanshi

    Hi Shaili di

    Happy Republic Day to you too.
    I keep reading sweet poems & experiences that you share with us. Feel proud of you.

  5. Indrani Talukdar

    Yes, you’re right Shail. When will we learn national pride? All it takes is a little thoughtfulness and a great deal of love for your country. Happy Republic Day!

  6. Beautiful sentiments. I echo your feelings. Happy Republic Day to you too!

  7. Beyniaz Edulji

    Nice one shail!

  8. J.S.Broca

    Thank you for your lovely Republic Day Greetings,
    I reciprocate heartily.
    J S BROCA

  9. Ayyapparaj P

    Thank u, Wish u the same

  10. Laxmi

    Thank you and wish you the same.
    laxmi
    dsprao

  11. 🙂 I had written something similar ! 🙂
    And, wish you a happy republic day too

  12. anamika gupta gupta

    thanks and wish u the same .

  13. Sucharita Dutta-Asane

    Hi Shail,

    Thank you. Wish you a wonderful and fulfilling year ahead.
    Cheers

  14. Dr.Newton Kondaveti

    Thank you..

    Cheers,

  15. Happy Republic Day to all ….

  16. Nice thoughts abt our country. Great to find that your hits have crossed 50000. Keep it going.

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