On 15th, August 1947 Jawahar Lal Nehru said in a timeless speech that long ago we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge. On this day we must remember that pledge and redeem it. We are a young nation but an ancient civilization. And what a wonderful civilization we are.
Today I won’t dwell on whether the glass is half full or half empty. I would rather love to remind you about who we are and about the land and its legacy. It’s a land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined. It’s the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, and the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest and search for the ultimate truth and infinity. If you ask where the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, had most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, the answer would be India.
We invented how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. How can the mind take hold of this exulted civilization? Generations of invaders have tried, but they either assimilated or remained in exile. If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India. As Voltaire said, “I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the Ganges, – astronomy, astrology, metempsychosis, etc… It is very important to note that some 2,500 years ago at the least, Pythagoras went from Samos to the Ganges to learn geometry…But he would certainly not have undertaken such a strange journey had the reputation of the Brahmins’ science not been long established in Europe. We were not Vishwa Guru without a reason. Only here you are taught that there are certain qualities that make you a divine-human being. It reveals to you the places in your heart that must be purified.
What makes us so timeless. Our president S.Radhakrishnan so aptly summed: It is the intense spirituality of India, and not any great political structure or social organization that it has developed, that has enabled it to resist the ravages of time and the accidents of history.”
Yes, our exulted civilization constantly faced invasions, eventually colonization, and finally partitioned. Chinese talk about a century of humiliation but we have faced a millennium of humiliation. Yet we never talk about taking revenge. Not our culture. But the 15th of August is a day to redeem our pledge and say in unison….Never Again. It’s our sacred duty to protect the dignity and freedom of the motherland. Every Indian should strive for this. We celebrate Independence Day to remind us that our country and its freedom is the result of the sweat, patience, persistence, and sacrifice of those with the courage to dream freedom and make it a reality for their future generations.
It’s time to set new goals individually and collectively. A life without a dream, without a goal, is not worth living. Our collective dream without a doubt is a prosperous, powerful, awakened India. You can set individual goals about how you can contribute. But remember your roots. As Vivekanand said, “ if a Hindu is not spiritual, I do not call him a Hindu.” Vande Matram…
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