THE INDEPENDENCE DAY ESSAY OR
A NATIONAL FESTIVAL
Independence Day is, of course, a red-letter day in the history of the largest democracy in the world. It is a national festival celebrated to commemorate the independence of India at midnight on 15th August 1947 after about two hundred years of slavery, suppression, and suffering. It is celebrated with pomp and show all over the country. There is rejoicing and merrymaking everywhere. When we celebrate it by hoisting the flag, fervently playing our National Anthem, distributing candy, we need to sail back into the past to remember and honor our nation’s builders. The festival is celebrated in the national capital Delhi, state capitals, district headquarters, schools and colleges where the leaders address congregations to highlight the importance of the day. Tributes are paid to the freedom fighters. National and state-level gallantry awards are conferred on the people who showed bravery and courage during the previous year.
In Delhi, the Prime Minister addresses the nation from the historic Red Fort. It is broadcast and telecast live.
The Independence Day
This day is observed as a public holiday. Public and private offices, educational institutions and business establishments remain closed to celebrate the festival. It is celebrated elsewhere in the world by Indians and also by the embassies of India in foreign countries.
We are fortunate enough to have been born in free India. We have the chance to inhale the fresh free air since our birth to the world. If we wish to know the aches of the misery of being slaves under the British rule, we should ask our older folks born before 1947. It was, in reality, a mountain task for each Indian those days to battle against those giant goliaths – the British rulers. We should not permit those difficult occasions and battles blur away from our memories. Therefore, it is befitting for us to celebrate such national celebrations and review those chivalrous deeds of our National legends. We recollect them today. Right from Mahatma Gandhi to the local patriotic leaders we owe our appreciation. When we pay our homage to those legends who sacrificed their valuable lives for our benefit we pledge that the freedom we obtained because of them shall stain or ruin in future. At the same time, we should not overlook the common people who sacrificed their lot for the great cause. There were peasants, landowners, businessmen teachers, scholars, writers and students who helped the country accomplish the long-cherished freedom.
Today we have progressed significantly in the path of free India. We have substantiated ourselves worthy of freedom. We are considered as the biggest vote democracy on the planet. How glad we were when Abhinav Bindra made our National Flag dance and Jana Gana Mana’ played at the background in Beijing? We are pleased with it and feel cheerful about all these positive things. But, would we say we are ignorant about the dark encompassing us? Is it accurate to say that we are successful in utilizing our freedom in the correct way? If this is true, then for what reason there is such huge numbers of bomb blasts, killings, assaults on government offices, cases against such huge numbers of lawmakers? Indeed what can a student do at this juncture? Would it be advisable for us to proceed to catch up the terrorists? Would it be a good idea for us to battle against the corrupt government officials? Or on the other hand, would it be a good idea for us to assume control over the nation and wage another war for freedom? No, we are not expected to do all these things. We must keep watching things happening around us. We will have our very own day. Prior to that, let us carry out our responsibility of setting ourselves up to be enlightened citizens of tomorrow. Let us provide ourselves an opportunity to carry out our obligations towards the nation and study hard to achieve the goal. Today we require the youth with a great deal of information and energy. Ignorance is the principal enemy for a democratic country. Let us remove illiteracy and take India to a splendid future.
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