Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Happy Independence Day, India

"A long time ago, we made a tryst with destiny. And now the time comes, when we shall redeem our pledge. Not wholly. But substantially. Tonight at this midnight hour, when the whole world sleeps, India shall awake to life and freedom."
- Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. 15th August, 1947.

This life, this freedom, this love. This India.

Some will choose to ignore it and only see greener pastures abroad. They will crib, criticize and malign her while taking what they can from her. To them: I wish you all the best and get lost.

To the rest, let us take the pledge to do whatever we can, in whichever small way we can and accept what GOD has given us to achieve greatness for ourselves and our magnificent country. Let us stand to help those less fortunate than us, while respecting the past heroes who gave their youth, their lives to give us what so many of us fail to understand fully: Freedom. A freedom to think what we want, a freedom to say what we want, a freedom to dream big, a freedom to remain positive, a freedom to make life and character defining choices, a freedom to reach out to the stars, whilst still never forgetting where we have come from.

All that would be summed up in 3 words: Happy Independence Day.

Song For Today

Aashaayen - OST: Iqbal

Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...
Kuch paane ki ho aas aas
Kuch armaan ho jo khaas khaas
Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...

Har koshish mein ho waar waar
Kare dariyao ko jo aar paar
Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...
Toofano ko chir ke
Manzilo ko chin le

Aashaayen khile dil ki
Ummeedein hase dil ki
Ab mushkil nahi kuch bhi... nahi kuch bhi

Udd jaaye leke khushi
Apne sang tujhko waha
Jannat se mulakaat ho
Puri ho teri har dua

Aashaayen khile dil ki
Ummeedein hase dil ki
Ab mushkil nahi kutch bhi
nahi kuch bhi

Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...
Gujre aaisi har raat raat
Ho khwaahishon se baat baat
Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...

Lekar suraj se aag aag
Gaaye ja apne raag raag
Aashaayen ... Aashaayen ...

Kuch aaisa karke dikha
Khud khush ho jaaye khuda
Aashaayen khile dil ki
Ummeedein hase dil ki
Ab mushkil nahi kutch bhi
Nahi kuch bhi...

5 comments:

Anshum said...

"Some will choose to ignore it and only see greener pastures abroad. To them: I wish you all the best and get lost"

I don't think you should be making such a generalisation. I am one who is going to Stanford University for my education. That does not mean that I am ignoring my nation or that I love my nation any less than you do. And who are you to tell anyone to get lost ! It is my motherland as much as it is yours. Such extremism is not in good taste Narayanan...

P.S. I am not posting this cos its personal.. I feel its wrong for you to pass such an insensitive remark towards those students who are leaving their everything behind so that probably thier families can have more comfortable lives... It is freaking difficult to leave your motherland... Ask me someday and I will tell you... !

Maverick said...

@anshum:

1. dude, u missed the most important line, which is just after the line you quote.

and that is: "They will crib, criticize and malign her while taking what they can from her."

from that u will see, i am NOT making any generalization towards ALL ppl who choose to go abroad.

im pointing a finger at specific ppl... those are the ppl who will criticize india but sing praises of any other country...

i kid u not... i have hrd comments like: "india is a shitty country", "i wish i had been born in the US, not india", "india has no scope", "india has no future..." and such like...

2. i have NO problem with you going to stanford, nyu, mit, princeton or any other college in the US, UK, Australia or Antartica if u may so choose... all the very best sir and may u prosper...

all i am AGAINST is people criticizing india as if it is a piece of garbage and then going abroad, all the while developing themselves in myraid ways by being an indian. u have been accepted to stanford, while being an indian... that means, the steps u took, while u remained in india to develop ur intelligence, ur personality, ur profile is what carried u thru to the premier institution... now if that is so... india cannot be all that bad, can it?

3. i ask u, is the US utopia?

ppl complain about the security situation in india, but they will keep money in their top pockets to hand over to muggers in NY, London, Johannesburg.

why doesnt anyone criticize the US with equal passion with which they criticize india? hasnt anyone heard about the racial tensions in france and racial killings in the UK?

will u get the same level of respect and kinsmanship there that u get here? i dont see anyone criticizing any such discriminatory practices?

infact lee iacocca in his autobiography writes how he found it difficult to believe that a jew wasnt head of a ford division for a long time... in his own words: "i found it difficult that in all these years, not one such person was capable of doing the job." what does that imply? but then, do we see ppl shouting from the rooftops that the Americans are anti-semitic?

infact towards the beginning of his book, he even writes about the bigotry and prejudicial views he faced growing up...

which other country can kill innocent kids in an air raid and call it "acceptable collateral" damage?(this actually happened in afghanistan.)

i could give u a 101 instances or examples, but all i want to highlight is the hypocricy of all those who will criticize india and forget the same standards when they touch foreign shores...

4. dont get me wrong dude and get the wrong msg... i am not against ppl migrating or going for studies or any such thing per se...

infact, i am of the opinion that we must do all we can to better ourselves, our situations and benefit ourselves and others around us through honest effort...

however, i WILL take strong exception to ppl commenting loosely about my country all the while eyeing another with rosy eyes...

also, if u choose to see, india is a rising force in the world and one of the countries that is firmly poised to make great inroads on the world stage...

i am very grateful to india for whatever i am and what i will be. i know we as a country have to still progress a lot, but i am optimistic and hopeful that if we work, we will surely do it... but inspite of all this, nowhere have i said that i love my country more than all others or any such jingoistic statement...

i have never been one to mince words with hypocrites and i stand firmly by what i said. it might be harsh, but then as u know, i take no prisoners... let the harsh words make them realize how harsh and unfair they have been...

5. on a separate note, i have taken nothing personally. what i have written about is an issue that i have seen time and again and since this is the forum i have, where i can detail my views, i have done it. also, u very well know that i will always treat myself and all around me with the same yardstick. i am proud to say that i do not keep double stds, for whatever its worth.

all il have u know is that i think things before i say or put them down, much as it may sound preposterous... and i do not believe that i have been insensitive... primarily because u have taken offence to something that wasnt addressed to u at all...

i appreciate that ur going thru upheavals in ur quest to secure an education to make a comfortable life for those around you... it really is commendable... all the very best to u and other anshums of the world...

but im sure u will join me in sayin that we cannot and should not condone hypocricy of any form...

godspeed...

Sandy said...

U know the bottomline is..
What has each done for the country.. irrespective of wherever his/her ass is located at present. It boiles down to the intention of being of some use to the motherland. Just being in Motherland and doing ur own stuff managing ur own family really doesnt mean u are giving it up for motherland. Infact over here in my Univ theres this ASHA foundation with the Iqbal OST as their own OST in every one of their meetings. I am a part of this group in a small way .. like every other grad student over here. We help raise funds .. arrange charity events.. donte 1 working hr money every month .. to manage projects based in rural india . 50 million of indian children havent yet seen classrooms.. or studies.. ask urself.. (have u done anything for them until now?). I believe not a single person in our coll or engg life talked about making a group which raises funds for the betterment of the underprivileged ... so tell me does going to abroad now sound like a bad thing? But yea..those who crib about the motherland being crappy and corrupted should be hung to death.. cuz they dunt even have the mentality of doing anything good .. they start off with the wrong note.. itself... for such people ..I only hope they suffer wherever they are.

Neway man greatpost and I am all fired up since I watched RDB yest organized by the Asha foundation out here.. we are finally taking care of like 500 children from chennai(tsunami affected areas).. kolkata, and projects in other rural places of south india. :)
Last but not leasst...
Bravo! good post!

O said...

amen!

Anonymous said...

i liked your post! i just came across your blog and liked it because it was patriotic towards india. many nris have this, "India is my country too, I love it very much, but India is a place of beggars, it stinks and rots and it will never prosper because of Hindu culture, Indian mentality, Indian attitude blah blah " I am not referring to any of the posts here. Those kind of people need to "get lost" as you put it aptly. Get lost for the safety of our beloved motherland India because they encourage more indians to be whiny about our own country and look upto developed countries as paragons of perfection. They will never and can never contribute anything constructive towards our country. What we need is constructive criticism and ideas, not a white-man-replacement denigration of the very obvious faults of the present state of our country