Celebrating 68th Indian Independence Day on Friday, 15th Aug, 2014!

 image Sydney, Friday, Aug 15, 2014

India is celebrating its 68th Independence Day today.

15th Aug, 1947 was the day when India became independent and free from British reign. At the midnight between 14th and 15th Aug, 1947, India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, took oath as the Prime Minister.

At the stroke of midnight, he gave his famous “Tryst with Destiny” speech in the Constituent assembly Hall of the Parliament. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wUcw8Ufx_Y

“Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. 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, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”

Ever since, President of India traditionally addresses the nation on the eve of the Independence Day and the Prime Minister unfurls the national Flag followed by an addresses to the nation from the precincts of the Red Fort in Delhi in the morning of 15th August.

This is the gist of the national address by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today.Narendra Modi and Red Fort

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/pm-narendra-modi-s-independence-day-speech-at-red-fort-highlights-576248

Prime Minister, Mr Modi’s speech.

On this day, there is a military parade and display of cultural richness from all over the nation in the capital of India, New Delhi. 

Chief Ministers unfurl the flag in the State capitals, where various cultural programmes take place too.

These activities happen every where in the country. 15th August is a national holiday. 

Indian Independence Day will be celebrated by Indians overseas too.

In Australia, Indian Govt posts-High Commission and Consulates, will celebrate Independence Day events. Community groups all over Australia celebrate Indian Independence Day with pride and fanfare.

CG at Indian Independence Day 2014In Sydney, scores of Indian Australians will gather to take part in the Independence Day celebration at the Indian Consulate General in the city at 8.30 AM. Consul General will read the speech of the President of India and will unfurl the Indian Flag. 

In the evening, my friends and I will be joining a party in the city to celebrate Indian Independence Day. This party will start around 9.30 and will go on well past midnight. A lot of younger Indians will be joining this Independence Day celebration. 

Australia is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India. As the clock hits midnight in India, friends and relatives from India will start sending Independence Day greetings via email, What’s up, Facebook, Twitter and SMS. Indian Australians will do the likewise.

Indian Independence Day is a huge event for 1.2 billion Indians In India and millions of Indians living outside India!

I am proud to be from Indian heritage and I know this to be the case with my friends from all corners of India and the world.

Happy Indian Independence Day!Happy independence day 2014

Jai Hind!

Dr Yadu Singh

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13 thoughts on “Celebrating 68th Indian Independence Day on Friday, 15th Aug, 2014!

  1. An Independent Country where:

    Good:
    1 Proud to be an Indian

    Bad:
    1 Rape is national Sport
    2 Children/Old People are vulnerable
    3 Government committed to create Communal Issues whether BJP or Congress

    This list can go on on on…

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  2. Yadu: Learn to take constructive criticism rather than delete comments.

    An Independent Country where:

    Good:
    1 Proud to be an Indian

    Bad:
    1 Rape is national Sport
    2 Children/Old People are vulnerable
    3 Government committed to create Communal Issues whether BJP or Congress

    This list can go on on on…

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    • India has some bad things, but it still is a good country where we do not have systemic religious intolerance and systemic discrimination of minorities. I am proud of my Indian heritage.

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  3. I don’t think that 1984 and 2002 victims have any reason to celebrate Independence day. Their condition is worst than under British Rule, where atleast we all used to feel safe. Now our own girls don’t feel safe in their own country. Our politicians are more corrupt than British. There is no law and order. It’s like MERA BHARAT MAHAN AND SARE PARESHAAN..Minority people don’t feel safe in this country. We get freedom as Indian, now this country is know as HINDUSTAN. Why? That’s why all minority people are migrating to other countries, where they get respect and an Idendity.

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    • Some points are true and many are gross exaggeration. Dr Manmohan Singh, a Sikh, was PM for 10 years and Dr Kalam, a Muslim, was the President for 5 years. Before too, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians have been Presidents. Mrs Sonia Gandhi is a Christian and until recently, was one of the most powerful leaders. 1984 Sikh massacre was not right and 2002 riots in Gujarat were not right either. I do not propose to go into the backgrounds of either riot because it would not serve any meaningful purpose. I wish they did not happen. India has its deficiency but nobody can deny that minorities have no systemic discrimination of rights etc as is the case in many countries including our own neighborhood.

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      • Regarding your response ” India has its deficiency but nobody can deny that minorities have no systemic discrimination of rights etc”. This is very easy to say as you people are in majority (83%) and have not lost any loveone due to genoside (Not Riots). Sikhs have been waiting for last 30 years for justice even knowing the culprits. Sikhs are only remember at the time of war. WHY? Before commenting anything further,remember 1947 where minority people’s sacrifice statistics was more than the the 83 % majority people. Where do you people disappear at the time of going to the front. You are so lucky people who sit at home and enjoy independence like Gandhi family.Really you very lucky. Congratulations again on Independence day. Regarding Manmohan Singh’s 10 years of ruling, it was a joke. He was totally a puppet in the hands of Gandhi family. That’s why he is known as the weakest prime Minister in the whole world. Why we have the public holiday for Mahatma Gandhi and not gor Bhagat Singh, Chandershekhar Azad, Udham Singh, Rajguru and others. Mahatma Gandhi was also killed by there own people, why there was no genoside? Still India is MAHAN.. Only for you people.

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      • To me, any killing of innocent person is wrong. I made this very clear in my comments. To me, human race is more important than their religions. Now, please stop misinterpreting history and come out of minority and majority nonsense. Even one murder is wrong and it does not matter whether we call it a riot or genocide. Please just read up the definition of genocide before you throwing a politically motivated terminology. In 1947, people from Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were killed, not just one religion. Please get rid of your narrow mindedness and stop using words like “you people”. and “we people”. You are also part of the same human race and hence part of “we people”. Humanity comes first, religion later! Bravery and sacrifice are not some exclusive characters of any particular religion, so stop being arrogant to attribute these qualities to only one religion. May be, you can open your mind as well as eyes and think about what Khalistani groups were doing to innocent people from Hindu and Sikh community (who did not believe in Khalistani ideology) all over India. May be you can answer who bombed Air India plane which was flying between Canada to India, killing about 400 innocent people from all religions including many from Sikhism. You have a right to not feel proud about India and Indian heritage, but we have the right to feel proud about our Indian heritage and have a right to say so. Please do not forget that you and everyone else were Hindus before they became Sikhs only a few hundred years ago. Until quite recently, the eldest son from Hindu families used to become Sikhs. All Gurus were Hindus and Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a Mehta, if I am not wrong. I respect good things from every religion, and I believe that Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Guru Teg Bahadur Ji are the biggest Maha Purush of our history. The examples of their sacrifice is unparalleled. All Gurus were great people and they have taught us all to love people for being humans, not only because of their religion. All 10 Gurus were the fountainheads of knowledge, love and good deeds, just like Rishi, Munis and Sufi saints. Sat Sri Akal to you!

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    • When you talk about 1984 Sikh murders, which was totally wrong and I am angry about it, you should also talk about what was being done to people by Khalistani murderers. Its easy to take one-sided view or stand, but it is better to have a balanced view. Let me emphasize again. I am against the murders of innocent people of any religion or community, and I am so angry about what happened in 1984. Similarity, you need to know and think about what happened to 56 people from Hindu community who were burnt alive in a compartment of a train in Godhra. This was the very reason people were angry about, leading to riots in Gujarat, where unfortunately 1200 people were killed, 1/3 of which were Hindus and rest Muslims and Police personnel. I am not justifying this at all, but I am just pointing out that Indians are very emotional people and react to a situation or event in an irrational and often in exaggerated manner. Action and reaction cycle is very true in India. Every riot and every killing is wrong but unfortunately we live in a very imperfect world. One thing you should be sure about is that I am with you with my stand against murders of innocent people in either 1984 or 2002. If it gives you any comfort, please be aware that we (we and our relatives) stood physically against murders of Sikhs and saved many from sure deaths. We did it because it was a right thing to do and we are proud of it.

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  4. Yadu,you are absolutely correct. “Hindu” in the ancient world merely meant anyone who lived East of the Indus ! The term did not refer to religion . Technically “Hindu” should just mean “Indian” – a bit like “Deutch” and “German”. India just happens to be a lot more complex than Europe, and is populated by people of almost every major ethnic group in the world. India has the potential to show the rest of the world what “multi-ethnic”, “multi-cultural” etc really mean. I am of Keralan. origin, but have lived in Australia for more than 55 years . In Kerala,, the population is approx. !/3 Christian, 1/3 Muslim, and 1/3 Hindu. We have never had a “religious war” – most wars were between rival Rajas \(apart from a few against the Portugese and the Dutch. One such battle was when the Zamorin of Calicut (Hindu)defeated the Portugese at sea – the Admiral who led the Zamorin’s fleet was one Kunj Ali Marrakar(Muslim) ,and many of the soldiers were Christian (remember that Kerala’s Christians date back to 52 AD, while European Christianity was only about six or eight centuries old at the time).
    Whether you call yourselves “Indian”. “Hindu”, or “Hindustani” – you can be a Sikh Hindustani, a Christian Hindustani, or a Muslim Hindustani – just as there are some Christian Pakistanis, Parsi Pakistanis, or Hindu Australians . What’s in a name ? In spite of everything, India and Indians do have much to be proud of .

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