HARD EARNED FREEDOM
Our forefathers got us freedom
After a lot of struggle
Against the foreign rule
The rulers who ruled
With an iron hand
Handing out deaths
For the filmiest of reasons
The rulers destroyed the traditional industries
To popularize their brand of products
Even education was devised in a manner
Which produced only chair-borne jobs
The sordid massacre of Jalliawala-Bagh
Wherein thousands were gunned down
Amongst other incidences
Which left a trail of executions
And jails to many of the freedom fighters
Even in Cellular jail (Kala Pani) in Andaman and Nicobar
They withstood everything without any remorse
Finally got freedom from foreign repression
With a sacred pledge to create the good impression
Amongst diverse groups of people
To live in harmony
On the principles of unity in diversity
And maintain this hard-earned sovereignty
By removing the specter of poverty
Hunger, ill-will, difference based of regionalism
And narrow parochialism
And ultimately enjoy the fruits of freedom.
15th AUGUST – INDEPENDENCE DAY (HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS)
Keeping in view the sacrifices made by our forefathers for the independence of our country, I pray to Almighty God that India may have inclusive growth and development, despite impediments. My wish-list for this ‘Independence Day’ and the coming ones is a mix of social harmony, current scenario, economic upliftment, incorruptible politics, probity in public discourse, remaining within the ambit of or obeying the law & order besides facing the realities of our times including the specter of terrorism, extremism, violence etc.
SWACHCH BHARAT MISSION OR ABHIYAN
Swachch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister of India Shri Narinder Modi Ji at Rajghat on 2nd October 2014 has paid rich dividends and it has become a campaign to make the length and breadth of India neat and clean. Neat and clean India is healthy India and healthy India is free from diseases. I wish that this mission succeeds by the participation of all.
SAFETY FROM FLOOD FURY
Heavy monsoon rains have resulted in deaths and destruction including destruction of standing crops and live stocks. All the rivers are overflowing their limits thus inundating the areas in their vicinity. The states severely affected in the North are Bihar, U.P., Uttaranchal; North-Eastern states, Maharashtra (Mumbai particularly). In the South, Kerala has been severely affected. Immediate steps should be taken to safeguard the lives and properties everywhere. I want all the states adversely affected by current floods should be protected on war-footings. Till such time we keep our internal situation stabilized and protected from natural calamities or external aggression, we cannot call ourselves full free since inclusive progress is not possible without internal and external defenses.
LYNCHING ON HE FALSE RUMOUR
Lately, we have seen the sordid episodes of lynching by unruly groups due to false news through social media/(internet/word app etc). It is a blot on our social ethics and civilized behavior and should be curbed by the law enforcement agencies because it any-social behavior puts our country disrepute in the eyes of the comity of nations. We should exercise our rights but it should not be by transgressing or trampling on others’ rights. The rights of Dalits and weaker sections of the society.
SPECTER OF TERRORISM
The world is facing the ugly face of terrorism emanating from some parts of the world. The terrorists are striking at will anywhere it wants causing mayhem and killing including violation of human rights. Now is the time when human rights of all the people without discrimination have to be protected. The scourge of terrorism and violence have to be tackled with the iron hand. This is an international problem and should be tackled under the aegis of UNO otherwise the humanity as a whole will suffer without unreasonably.
ATTACHMENT WITH THE COUNTRY
There may be some differences due to diverse cultural traditions, diverse religions, diverse caste and creed, colour, language etc but we should always have an enduring love for our LAND – BHARAT. When different voices are heard, we get saddened. A RIGHT MESSAGE should go that despite differences, we are ONE. Nothing can divide us.
DEMONETIZATION AND ITS AFTER-EFFECTS
Though demonetization of currency notes of R. 1000/- and Rs. 500/- have increased the tally of Income Tax Payees, it has also helped the Government in bringing to fore the hidden money kept in safe havens besides helping the Government to stop counterfeit or fake notes. With the availability of cash in the banking stream, they can meet their requirements of loaning cash to the general public along with meeting the adverse conditions created by NPA of the Banks.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Education of the masses is one of the important factors for the overall health of the country. Care ought to be exercised that students are taught the skills along with the general education so that they ‘earn while they learn’. Skilled and semi-skilled training should be imparted according to the capacity and capability of the student. We are rich in Human Resource. We have to exploit this rich resource for our own benefit. This is also important for avoid brain drain which is presently happening. Our IITs and IIMs are churning out technocrats and management professionals of the highest caliber. Their talents should never go waste. Let our Government come forward in absorbing these talents for garnering benefits for our country.
A COUNTRY WHICH RESPECTS THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRL CHILD
It is high time we respect our women folks. The Divine Trinity has his female counterpart; Saraswati (learning) – Lord Barmha, Lakshmi (wealth) – Lord Vishnu and Parvati (power) – Lord Shiva. All the rituals, especially auspicious ones, are incomplete without women being part of it all. Disrespecting women was construed as the disrespecting the God. All the relationships – mother, wife, daughter, sister, etc are essential for us all. In olden times these relations were considered very reverential. Without these, what is the status of the father in relation to mother, wife in relation to husband, daughter in relation to son, sister in relation to brother etc.
A woman was supposed to be the manifestation of Goddess/Shakti and the male was supposed to be incomplete without the female (Shakti) with him. Lord Shiva is incomplete with His Shakti (Maan Parvati) that is why it is called SHIVSHAKTI.
Even in Ramayana times, women used to choose their suitors – Maan Sita chose Lord Rama after he broke the Dhanush of Lord Shiva in a sacred ceremony called soBmbar. Even in Mahabharata Dropati chose Arjuna in a sobmbar.
In other words, those who want to subjugate women and refuse to give their proper place, they are hypocrites. A simple question: CAN THIS PROCREATION and raising of new GENERATION possible without women? Men and women are the equal partners and ought to be taken as such.
THREAT LOOMING LARGE FROM FOREIGN SOILS
There are the countries which are threatening either their neighbors or are threatening using even nuclear weapons knowing full well that nobody can win by using these weapons of mass destruction. India should do whatever it can so that peace prevails everywhere. Insensitive heightened rhetoric will not help only sagacious foreign policy moves can solve the festering problems.
HEALTH CARE OF THE GENERAL MASSES
The Government should take care of the health and wellbeing of the people in general. The hospitals should have adequate stock of medicines besides doctors and other para-medical staff to provide medicare to our citizenry. The private hospitals too should be within the reach of the general public for seeking medical care. Medical insurance should also cater to the needs of the general public.
PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE
We choose our representatives so that they pass various legislation and do everything for the upliftment of the society as a whole. This Monsoon Session was more productive than earlier ones.
CHANGE IN THE MINDSET ON THE BASIS OF CASTE, CREED, AND COLOUR
Previously the varnas or caste system was on the basis of professions that the people followed. Now everybody is free to profess his/her profession, therefore, there should not be any need to give more credence to narrow parochialism. Recent happenings in some parts of India are the blots on the society as a whole wherein the Dalits are beaten up mercilessly either by cow protection vigilantes or cold-shouldered even by the law enforcement agencies when approached by them for action. These incidences also echoed in the Parliament and all expressed their anguished on the sordid incidents. On the name of cow protection, some irresponsible and heartless instead of taking recourse to lawful action law unto themselves and hand out punishment in the full glare of the public. People, in general, are incensed by these incidents and the Centre and States should come forward and bestow protection to the Dalits and weaker sections of the society.
I WANT MY INDIA TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF FELLOWMEN
The insensitivity and callousness that we show towards road accident victims is really pathetic. Our heart should feel pain when anybody is pained.
HONORING THE NATIONAL HEROES
It should be our endeavor to respect the dependents of those who laid down their lives for the freedom of our country. Not only freedom fighters but those who lay down their lives to protect the hard earned freedom. We remember our heroes only when some unsavory incident of terrorist happens but soon thereafter we woefully forget their valor and supreme sacrifices.
TRADITIONAL MODES OF BEHAVIOR/VALUES
It is a sad commentary that we are forgetting the traditional modes of behavior. The values which our forefathers attached to family and our cultural modes of behavior is being forgotten and in its place, narrow regional considerations are being given credence knowing fully well that these are neither beneficial to anybody in the society. I would like my countrymen to imbibe traditional values for which my Bharat is acclaimed since ages with the dictum, respect others if you want to get respect. It is never a one-sided affair.
It is a fact that respect is earned by our day to day behavior and demeanor. We have to earn our respect. It is not given to us on the platter for nothing. If I want that others should respect me, it is essential that I respect others. One who knows how to maintain self-respect knows the need of respecting others on the basis of quid pro quo. It is synonymous with: Charity begins at home. Even a small child will respond with respect if I treat that child well.
ECONOMICALLY STRONG COUNTRY
Nowadays, economical d the development of any nation is very essential. For becoming economically strong, it is important that all the sectors of the economy; may it be industrial or agricultural should contribute their mite for the economic health of the economy. This can only happen when we have inclusive growth and development. Nothing happens in isolation.
RESPECT OF BHARAT MATA IN THE COMITY OF NATIONS
We are connected with other countries of the world. Anything that happens in one part of the world has its reverberations/repercussions in other parts of the world. It may be economical deceleration, political upheaval, extremists/terrorists strikes/activities, all these have their effects on all the countries.
IF WE WANT TO PROGRESS, IT IS A MUST THAT WE ARE INTERNALLY STRONG
For this to happen, it is a must that we are economically stable, politically strong, militarily strong, whose opinion is taken with a pinch of salt diplomatically, help the weaker countries with finance and sometimes militarily as done in case of African nations by India many a time.
BLACK MONEY MENACE
It has been seen that in order to avoid paying taxes and to escape from queries of sources of black money, people are stashing their ill-gotten monies in the foreign banks in the process, bleeding the country. The money which ought to have been used in job creation, infrastructural creation/improvement, etc are being used by others! The government, in the light of directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, has constituted SIT to unearth black money. This is a welcome step. Let’s see if it could show tangible results and bring back the black money which could be used in our country.
CORRUPTION FREE SOCIETY
One of the impediments that are eating into the very vitals of our society is the hydra-headed corruption. We are aware of the scamps and corrupt practices that were used in allotting coal blocks, use of middleman in defence purchases, and currently, even the Judiciary has come under attack with some people tarnishing its image. God forbid, this is the wing of our society which should/is respected the most if it falls prey to corruption then on whom our society will bank on! Wish that our country becomes corruption free one. This is a crying need of the hour as corruption is taking the wheels of progress backward.
I would like all people with unquestionable integrity for upholding the unity and solidarity of India. This is the most essential asset for an individual. If it is in suspect then the very existence of ours is in doubt and a life with doubt is fraught with impediments.
RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER’s FAITHS AND BELIEFS
India has diverse cultural modes. Its different religions, castes, creeds, belief systems, languages etc. If we respect each others’ modes of behavior, then there would be cohesion and brotherhood amongst our countrymen. When we are united, then no power can subjugate us. For this to happen in the real sense of terms, it is important that we respect each other rights.
SPIRITUALLY FORWARD NATION
One of my fondest wishes is that India may become progressive but with spiritualistic outlook, where people are awakened morally, culturally, aesthetically, progressive and more compassionate. Also keeping all along in that progress – leaving none.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D)
Due to one reason or the other, this has been experienced that our R&D is just in the doldrums. For example, the different projects which are being pursued by DRDO are not fructifying on time or lacking the necessary resources (manpower or other resources). For example, the project for producing indigenous fighter aircraft project is just not complete till date. Wish that our R&D matches with best in the world so that we do not be dependent on others for our defence needs or any other crucial needs.
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT TAKES PLACE
Due to one reason of the other, the industrial development of our country remains almost stagnant or is below par. This is due to lack of resources. A country whose markets are being exploited by foreigners remains industrial backward is really bad. People buy and use Chinese made goods at cheaper rates without any guarantee of their use. Can India not manufacture the same goods for their own people and exploit the gigantic market – benefiting the industry and the people both. The profit earned by the owners of the industry could then be pumped for more production and increasing their capacities.
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IS ENSURED
Due to beggaries of monsoon, the agricultural production remains uncertain. The fear of scanty rain results in an increase in prices of food item/vegetables etc creating food inflation. This is especially so in rainy season. The prices of vegetables are skyrocketing. The people do feel a pinch.
• If water management is properly done, then, the deficit created by the scarcity of rain could be bridged.
• The Government’s project/ plan of connecting major river could do wonders in this regard.
MISCELLANEOUS DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL ROUND DEVELOPMENT
- Pollution to be tackled on the war footings.
Infrastructure Development ought to be a continuous process.
• Imports / Export Policies oriented for improvement of imports and exports. More exports mean more foreign currency for the country. The more foreign currency could reduce the budget deficit which has become a number one headache for the country.
• Foreign Exchange Reserve to be replenished.
• Fiscal Policies revised as per the need of the hour so that the current rate/value of rupee does not fall as is being happened presently.
• IT Sector to be given the boost. India is potentially a soft power giant. But we have to exploit this resource to the hilt as is being done by other countries. Our IT experts are proving their mettle in other countries. We are thus losing our human resources and also the benefits which our country ought to have garnered.
- It should never be forgotten that other countries too are improving in the IT sector. It is a must that this Sector should be given more incentive so that it improves further and earns much needed Foreign Exchange for the country.
- The above are some of our wish-list which every right-thinking Indian would like to have for the overall development of the Bharat of our dream.
It is my fond wish that our next Independent Day should be more progressive in its outlook, self-reliant, spiritually awakened and its youth positively oriented for steering the ahead from the choppy waters of deceleration. Also, there should be peace and tranquility between different communities. Discrimination on the basis of narrow regionalism or caste, creed or language should cease and our dharma should be developed for all – all-inclusive.