Little boys and girls catching you at traffic signals and selling souvenir flags; the tricoulour displayed at every store; and a contagious buzz of excitement in the air. She may have had a troubled past, but today she reigns victorious, with the scars of the past gradually fading away.
'At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new...'
said Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.
India is ready to celebrate her 64th year of Independence on August 15 this year. Every year, Independence Day is marked by tributes paid to our freedom fighters, and flag-hoisting ceremonies all over the country. The main event, though, takes place in the capital city, New Delhi, where the Prime Minister hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech.
Independence Day is not just another holiday. It is a reflection of our country's turbulent past and her journey since independence. It is a celebration of all her achievements and a time for all of us Indians to stir the patriot within each one of us.
While many of us spend most of our days finding new reasons to crib or complain about some aspect of our country, this is also the time to recognise and applaud the achievements India has made in various fields. It isn't about ignoring the drawbacks of our country, it's about recognising the efforts made and taking responsibility of doing our bit for our country.
Like the great Mahatma once said, 'Be the change you want to see in the world.'
There are lots of ways to spread joy this Independence Day. Buy your friends and colleagues Independence Day cards and gifts from some of these gift stores. If you want, you could send e-cards from this website. You can also go to some of these events on the occasion of Independence Day.
Make this Independence Day a memorable one. Like John F. Kennedy said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.' Give India many more reasons to smile this year.