Monday, Aug 15, 2022 07:30 [IST]
Last Update: Monday, Aug 15, 2022 01:54 [IST]
India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day. 75 years of Independence. Celebrations aside, this is also an occasion to reflect on how India’s “tryst with destiny” has played out over these years.
In order to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence, the Government of India launched the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, which draw close today. The initiative was also aimed at celebrating the glorious history of our people, culture and achievements. Apart from being celebrated with the aim of spreading the feeling of patriotism throughout the nation, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav was dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing the country thus far in its evolutionary journey but also have the power and potential to take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
Our long struggle and sacrifices for freedom which led to independence in 1947 and framing of a constitution three years later had dreams for the country. We wanted a society where interests of the poorest will betaken care of while framing and implementing policies. Where a level playing field will be afforded to all. Where there will be no hatred and discrimination. Our Constitution guaranteed Right to equality in society and in front of law, right to freedom, right to personal safety, right to constitutional remedies, right to equal treatment by the State, right to believe or not to believe in any faith, right to marry whom one wants, right to live where one wants, right to personal safety, right to privacy, right to justice... etc
With India getting freedom from colonial rule, the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru summed up the aspirations and dreams of the leaders and participants in the movement in his famous and apt speech “Tryst with Destiny”. He stated, “The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us.” True to these words he initiated a process of strengthening of democracy, one man one vote, on one hand.
Today, we are proud to be the largest democracy in the world. We are the ‘government of the people, for the people, and by the people’. It means democracy is not limited to just a process of election, but also fulfilling social and economic aspirations of the people. For the last 75 years we have experienced various aspects of democracy, its achievements-good or bad- and challenges.
India at 75 stands at an inflection point. It is a nation on the move and a region that is changing dramatically. India is part of a world that is seeking urgent responses to some critical aspects of our ways of living. It is time that we now engage the youth with the opportunities and directions that the country may opt for in the coming decades, as it seeks to deliver the ambitions and aspirations of its 1.4 billion people, underwrite security and stability for the region, and contribute to the strengthening and furtherance of a free and democratic international system. At 75, who will be India and its young population’s most important partners? What will drive the Indian economy? And how will India’s people influence the world and global developments?