by Miss Aditi Bane (IV-a)
Distinguished guest for the occasion, Respected Principal, Teachers and my dear Friends,
Today we complete 64 years of independence from the British rule. At the stroke of midnight of 15th Aug, 1947, India shook off the shackles of British rule and became free. It was a night of celebrations all over the country. It was a moment of pride and glory.
This day, 15th August is a golden day engraved in the history of India. It is celebrated as Independence Day in India. It is also a national holiday. This national festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.
On this occasion, rich tributes are paid to freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives for a good cause. Schools and colleges mark the day with Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural activities. Housing Societies, cultural centres and clubs hold entertainment programmes and competitions.
Our Prime Minister sets the mood by hoisting the National flag and addressing the nation from the Red Fort. This is accompanied by a march past of the armed and police forces. T.V. channels show patriotic movies and radio channels play patriotic songs.
My dear friends, we are very fortunate to have been born in free India. We have been able to breathe the fresh free air since our birth. We have proved ourselves worthy of freedom. We are the largest democracy in the world.
How proud we were when Abhinav Bindra’s achievement made our national flag flutter with pride and ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was played at the background in Beijing! We are proud of all the great achievers and contributors.
But are we blind to the black clouds surrounding us? Have we been very successful in using our freedom in the right manner? If so, why should there be so many bomb blasts, killings, attacks on government offices, cases against so many politicians, scams and so many unstable governments?
Well, my dear friends, what can a student do at this juncture? Should we go and catch the terrorists? Should we fight against the corrupt politicians? Should we take over the country into our hands by waging another war for freedom?
No, we are not expected to do all these things. We must keep observing things around us. Let us prepare ourselves to be well-educated citizens of tomorrow. Let us do our duty sincerely and study hard to achieve our goal. Today we require youngsters with lots of knowledge and energy.
Let us remember the words of Bernice Moode “Self Government, Self Discipline, Self responsibility are the triple safeguards of the independence of men”.
Let us all be independent in true sense of the term