Wednesday, August 15, 2007

-Salutations and many happier returns, my dear India.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow
domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought
and action--
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
- Rabindranath Tagore.

How do people write these things that are valid for a lifetime?

Sometimes I wonder what our great leaders of the past would say if they saw the India of today.
1947 was a year when there were so many dreams ahead of India. So many milestones to achieve.
And while we have come a long way along many roads, there are glaring, unfilled potholes on some others. And I wish that India fulfils the dreams of her makers, in every way there is.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish for my India, that her citizens awake one day soon, to a morning where there are no families living below the poverty line. Above anything else. How glaring an inadequacy is it that in a country where so many prosper, there are still little stomachs crying for a morsel of food.

There are others- empowerment of women, reforms in social 'norms', a better life for India's children.... but most of all, I pray for an India where no one has that most dreadful of feelings- the gnawing of an empty stomach. Worse still, the prospect of an empty stomach for their little ones.

God bless. That India prospers. As a whole.
Happy Independence Day to you, my dear India.


Hip Grandma said...

That was a positive way of putting things.your generation has to take India forward and I am sure you all will do it.Happy Independence day

Swati said...

Happy Independence day to every INDIAN

WhatsInAName said...

beautiful thoughts!

Usha said...

we are growing alright but the growth is so lopsided. I hope we have more inclusive growth and there is less of a gap between the haves and have -nothings.
Wonderful thoughts JLT.

Peridot said...

I chose the same verse for my blog..Happy I Day to you too !

Daisy said...

OO My! What a coincidence. That speaks volumes for how my Tagore's words have impressed all of us.Happy independence day to you too :)

Mystic Margarita said...

Very apt and very relevant even in this day and age. I'm glad I found your blog - will be back to read all your older posts! :-D

dame's diary said...

Wow wonderful!!

Squiggles Mom said...

I'm glad you put up the poem. It was lovely to read it again after so long.