It’s 15th August, India’s Independence Day. On the 69th Independence Day, just like every year, a flurry of questions would come up, like what Independence means to the poor, and whether anything has changed at all… and many such topics that have been beaten to death… but (for a change) I will stay out from the usual gloom and doom… let’s not forget, its also a day for celebration. And there are always good stories to gladden the heart, if you look around.
I found some small yet interesting happenings in our neighborhood this time. Nothing out of the world, but each with a purpose, doing their bit for the society.
It was a joy to see a group of early-morning walkers mostly older folk, who determinedly walk in the park to fight diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and the like, donating stationary and new clothes to children of auto drivers and rickshaw pullers. Indeed a nice way to begin the day.
A group of students from the vicinity schools were out on the streets requesting residents to provide them with old clothes, toys and books so that they can donate those things to an NGO that cares for street children.
While many institutes across the country celebrated the I-Day by flag hoisting and other related patriotic programs, a local computer training institute organized a blood donation camp to mark the day.
The Youth club also organized a story telling session through puppets shows, theatre and folk dances from different parts of the country at the community auditorium. The money collected from the show would be donated to children with visual impairment.
The ladies club also organized a food park to enjoy the different taste and flavors of India along with traditional arts & crafts expo.
So much so about our neighborhood!
The charm of Independence Day remains in the heart of so many even after so many years… with people not just celebrating the joy of Independence, but also ascribing a purpose to it… something with an act of sacrifice, a sense of belonging. It may start with small neighborhood, but can spread like wildfire across the nation.
Sixty-eight years ago, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru rose to say these immortal words: “Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom…
Many years later, let’s answer India’s Tryst With Destiny by excellence with humility, nation above religion, peace above war and doing good. As APJ Abdul Kalam said: “India belongs to everyday Indians who recall the sacrifices made by so many to be a free nation, and live their lives as homage to those who sacrificed so much.” Jai Hind!