On the 15th of August 1947, India got her independence from British rule. On this day, the Independence Act, 1947, brought an end to the 200-year old British Regime on the soil of this great mother land. The then Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten declared her to be the free nation from thereon. This year, the day after tomorrow, we are going to proudly celebrate the 69th year of Independence. All thanks to our great freedom fighters, who worked hard to get their nation from the raw hands of the British rule. Now, the natural concern that arises in the minds of national enthusiasts is what does it mean to the Indian youth?
Patriotism is instilled right from the young age by schools:
Right from the very young age, children are asked to visit the school on the Independence and Republic Day with a view to hoist the national flag. Not just schools, many residential complexes, offices and of course, colleges are also celebrating this day. Even though, students celebrate this day as the holiday, have they really understood the strains experienced by our freedom fighters to enable us celebrate this day?
Time to rethink:
With a view to enable youth to understand the significance of this day, many oratorical, poem, fancy dress and other competitions are held, wherein students are asked to talk, write and act as some national readers respectively. These sorts of practices are not alone enough. Of course, these competitions will act as motivation for the youth and small kids to remember and understand the significance of this day and the great contributions made by our leaders; something more is the need of the hour. Only when the youth and children, who are the future generations of the society, are well-educated and well-aware of the significance and importance of this day, they will be motivated to be true citizens of the nation.
Improvements in the nation:
Of course, mother India has experienced many growths after she was freed from foreign rule. But, is combined growth happening? This should be the question raised among students and they should be in a position to answer this question. One community of the nation growing and another part sailing in poverty cannot be stated as a combined growth. Youth of the nation should educate themselves in this regard and should work towards combined growth.
Without any doubt educational development was also there right from the Independence. But, it should still further improve and not just in the educational sector, mother India should grow in many other areas and this can be the real honor we can offer to Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, who passed away recently, after having spent, most of his life towards a better India. His aim of India 2020 should be achieved and as he said it can be achieved only by youth. They should with their educational knowledge make their contributions towards the same. Let us take this as a promise on this Independence Day.