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Happy 65th Indian Independence 2012

जननी जन्म भूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी॥
jananī janma bhūmiśca svargādapi garīyasī
The mother and the mother-land are greater than the heavens
Vālmiki Rāmāyana 6-124-17

Firstly on behalf of the Jigyāsā Team we would like to wish all citizens of Mother India a Happy Independence Day!

Today, we celebrate 65 years of independence from the shackles of the British Empire. We must remember the struggle, the torment and sacrifices our ancestors went through, to provide independence for us and our Indian heritage. The tragedies of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the martyrdom of shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rām Prasād Bismil, Chandrashekhar āzad, Ashfāqulla Khān, the struggle of Mahātmā Gāndhi, Mangal Pānde, and Subhash Chandra Bose, to name just a few, are personalities who have contributed to who we are and what our nation is meant to be.

Truly, the land of Mother India, our Bhārat, is great! Our history, regardless of how much we have struggled at the hands of the Muslim Sultanates, the Moghuls, and the British Rāj, we have come out bruised but yet unhurt. Our culture, zeal and sense of pride is unfeathered, undiminished and unchanged.

Every heritage that has come into our land with the words ‘ekaṃ sad viprā bahudhā’ [1] have been welcomed with open arms with respect given to their customs, traditions and religion.  The land of Bhārat has never stopped any religion from practising their faith.

We may have independent 65 years from the British Empire, but it seems, due to corrupt personalities in Government we are not free from black money, corruption, perjury, political greed, and pseudo-secularism to name just a few. Which begs the question; how free and independent are we?

Fortunately, we have light! This light is not political nor spiritual but moral. Just as Lord Sri Krsna proclaims in the Bhagavad Gitā that he incarnates when there is a ‘decline in righteousness’ [2] there are his Sages that when the times comes to protect one’s Motherland, speak up not for themselves, but for the people. Today, we have true revolutionaries in our midst. Swami Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Narendra Modi to name a few. These personalities are not only for the Hindus, but for Hindustan.

There incessant and selfless contribution in propagating and actively working towards a corrupt-free India is admirable and praiseworthy. However, they needs our support. Just as the days of yore, when our forefathers assisted in the great revolution of an independent India from the hands of the British, we as fellow citizens and children of Mother India, must too contribute towards an India depicted in the ancient scriptures of India.

There is a beautiful aphorism within the Manu Smriti [3] which states ‘Those who protect righteousness, righteousness protects them’. Similarly, let us all assist these great personalities in helping us in keeping our rich heritage alive.  This in turn will protect us, our family, our future generations and our rich heritage.  It is not only our duty, but also a privilege to fight for the freedom of our Mother Land.

Let us take it upon ourselves to ensure that Mother India – the cradle of the oldest living civilisation in history – can be used to nurture tomorrow’s Chhatrapati Shivajis, Jhansi ki Ranis, Bhagat Singhs, Chandrashekhar Azads, Subhash Chandra Boses and Mahatma Gandhi’s so that Mother India, and importantly Mother Earth, are not left crippled and unaided when we are no longer here to serve them.

To conclude, India may be 65 years independent from the British Empire, but true independence is yet to be achieved…..

Jai Hind!

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[1] – Rg Veda 1.164.46 – There is only one truth, known in many names by the learned
[2] – Bhagavad Gita 4.7
[3] – Manu Smriti 8.15


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