I spoke to 24-year-old Apoorva Bhope, who, as a Gandhi Fellow, got an opportunity to live in four different remote villages in Rajasthan, in a process called village immersion.
Like always, Independence Day was celebrated in India with gusto and fervour this 15th August, too, both at the national and hyper-local level. Stories of how people braved floods to hoist the flag in a small school in Assam and how Priyanka Chopra got trolled for wearing a tri-coloured dupatta are now doing the rounds in the news media.
A mother, I overheard, complained how her 13 year old was mandated to stand for the National Anthem during the school assembly every morning, how this enforced patriotism is an imposition against one’s right – this is a free country after all. If your heart, too, tears apart seeing your child sweating in the sun for 52 seconds, hail the brave heart mother that birthed, Khudiram Bose, a lion-heart who kissed the noose at 18. You may know the names of Baghat Singh, Rajguru, Netaji, Chandra Shekar Azad and a few more, but there are hundreds of thousands of nameless fighters who were suffocated to death behind the blind walls of Kalapani.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.” India strives to provide its citizens an environment of that very nature. However, even since Independence, the country is perpetually battling issues related to gender inequality, economic unfairness, religious and caste disparity, reservations, safety of women, nepotism, child exploitation and a slew of other social issues which might leave you questioning the essence of this freedom.
For a democracy as diverse and large as India to survive seven decades of independence, it requires some tough and progressive Acts and Laws to hold it together. On that front, India has done a remarkable job in drawing and passing some of the most progressive Acts and Laws in the world. Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951: The landmark act which set the ball rolling to bring in Universal Adult Franchise in the country is among the most important Acts that have been passed in the seven decades of Indian Independence.
India has a glorious past. But the countless attacks by Persians, Mughals, Portuguese, Dutch and then the British sent us back by a century in terms of development.
India’s freedom at the stroke of midnight, did not begin on a happy note, to state the least. Partition of the nation into two – a precondition for freedom – had rendered millions homeless overnight, resulted in religious sectarianism and a subsequent spate of grimy killings.
Happy Independence Day, Folks” was the first 15 August-esque update I chanced upon last year. A heartfelt Happy Independence Day is fine. WhatsApp Messages – Just like the status updates, the forwarded WhatsApp messages on the 15th, leave me fuming than elated.
From health to education, and from performing arts to technology, India’s contribution to the world has been immense. The world has many reasons to thank India for. Here’s reminding ourselves of the diverse factors for which we should be proud of our nation: Don’t miss: Independence Day Special 2017
India has come a long way post Independence. Right from setting foot at the South Pole, crossing the 1 billion population mark to launching 104 satellites in the orbit, India has made progress by leaps and bounds to grow as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
A country of varied religions, races, communities, cultures, languages, geographies, and philosophies, India never ceases to amaze. Don’t miss: Independence Day Special 2017
This Independence Day let us celebrate India’s giant strides in the world of entrepreneurship that showcases the business acumen of our corporate leaders who have created millions of jobs for the common Indian.
Whether there’s a need of tricky operation to salvage a 5 year old from an abandoned bore well in Haryana, rescuing casualties from under a plummeting bridge in Kolkata, or running to the aid of flood victims in Uttaranchal or Kashmir – our soldiers never shy away from taking added responsibilities whenever there’s a life in question.
Independence comes with freedom. This Independence Day, let’s introspect on whether we feel genuinely free as a society, or if we’re being enslaved or somewhat victimized by the burden of these responsibilities? From recent spate of crime against women, the picture appears to be quite sorry.
Personal hygiene and good health go hand in hand, and it is imperative for every parent to ensure that their children, who are more inclined to fall ill than adults as they come in close contact with easily transmitted germs, imbibe healthy and clean habits.
It’s not just a piece of cloth that we salute, especially on every August 15 or January 26: the Tricolor has a breathing, living, rich legacy. The Ashoka Chakra in the center depicts the ‘dharma chakra’. The Indian flag in drenched not only in history but also the struggle that went into creating a glorious history.
Some years ago, Kushroo Poacha broke his PF to start Indianblooddonors.com, the first of its kind service that connects blood donors to those in need of blood. Now, he also runs Seva Kitchen, a service that makes meals accessible to relatives of hospital patients, and Neki ka Pitara that serves refreshments to patients and their caretakers in hospitals across the country.
India, with a unique mix of cultures, religions and beliefs, is home to many languages. Languages spoken in India belong to several language families, the major ones being the Indo-Aryan languages spoken by 75% of Indians and the Dravidian languages spoken by 20% of Indians. According to Census of India of 2001, India has 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. For the convenience of people, and to make our lives easier (relatively), the Constitution of India has recognised 22 languages as the official languages of India.
A melting pot of cultures, India is home to many major world religions and diverse communities speaking a myriad tongues.
Squeezed between two belligerent neighbours and riddled with numerous internal security threats, our sovereign status might even appear rather precarious. Acutely aware of the fact, successive Indian governments have been pouring billions into the defence sector.
So many countries with so many strange laws, most of which we’ve all heard of. India isn’t far behind, though, when it comes to having some downright outdated or silly laws on the planet. Most of which won’t impact everyone in the country, but you still have to think about it and go, “Hmm.” Maybe followed by a facepalm. This 71st Independence Day, here’s a list of a few of those weird Indian laws that you should know, lest you find yourself laughing your way to lockup at some point.
Seven decades since Independence, India may be doing well on the economic front, but it has miles to go before it catches up with the rest of the world on key social indicators.