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I dream bigger dreams for my motherland

August 15, 2009

A friend just asked me how I am celebrating Independence Day. I mused for a while. And then I replied, “By enjoying my independence”. Isn’t this the best way to celebrate the day? Just revel in the fact that you are free. You can breathe in a country where its own people make their own decisions, whether right or wrong.

But in my opinion, true celebration will come at a time when each and every citizen is free in every sense of the word. I will celebrate when I won’t see any child working as labor. I will celebrate when I won’t hear of any woman being burnt to death. I will celebrate when girls can choose what to study, whom to marry, what to wear. I will celebrate when every girl child is allowed to live, and not killed at birth. And then we can say we are free. That We have independence. Independence from ignorance and hatred.

I am not cynical. I am proud of my country. I feel elated that we are not under any other country’s rule for 62 years now. I just want more. I want more for India. I dream bigger dreams for my motherland.

Mera Bharat Mahaan”… banana padega …

82 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 2:32 pm

    1. Awesome blog template – you can try changing the font color of Serendipity, ain’t that visible, you can also remove it and put it below it.. the Header is FAB…

    2. Nice thought – One little step at a time and we are almost there!

    I usually say – “100 mein se 99 acche, main akela baimaan – isliye Mera Bharat Mahaan” but your version is nice too! :D

    • August 15, 2009 2:56 pm

      1. Thank you! Yes I’ve been thinking of doing that. Will make the text clearer. Thanks for your suggestions :)

      2. hehe your version is good too :D

  2. rati permalink
    August 15, 2009 2:52 pm

    beautiful display of words from the heart…indeed a nice one….i think the same..india as a country needs to grow more but at the same time we shud be hapee dat we are free…

    • August 15, 2009 2:58 pm

      Hi Rati, thanks :)

      yes there needs to be a balance between pride and realisation of what we need to do…

  3. Chakshu permalink
    August 15, 2009 3:19 pm

    You have used Independence and Freedom interchangeably – Does the two words mean the same? Ponder the thought!

    • August 15, 2009 5:02 pm

      Dictionary definitions for both:
      Independence:Freedom from control or influence of another or others.
      Freedom:The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

      They may not mean exactly the same, but one does go with the other.

      • Chakshu permalink
        August 15, 2009 8:21 pm

        That is why I said ponder…. Americans wanted freedom (read the history about 4th July) and Indians (read the history about 15th August) wanted Independence :)

  4. August 15, 2009 3:25 pm

    Independence from ignorance and hatred

    i can’t think of a better thing to wish for..

    this was lovely Neha! hugs!!!

    yeah, long way till there, but gotta make it, and gonna make it some day!

    Happy Independence Day! :)

  5. August 15, 2009 4:04 pm

    Nice :)

  6. Piyush permalink
    August 15, 2009 4:43 pm

    Nice job.

    -Vande Matram-

  7. August 15, 2009 4:56 pm

    i may be wrong but in online world ppl always speak of child labour/ woman infanticide/woman killing that they want to see those things should not happen , but very few speaks of farmers suicide which happens at a larger scale then those :) , just an observation , nothing personal :P

    BTW ur blog is beautiful :)

    • August 15, 2009 5:06 pm

      If I speak about one issue, I am not obliged to speak about another. Period.
      I agree that farmer suicide is a big issue too, but I cant possibly talk about all issues in one post!

      Thanks for commenting btw. :)

    • August 15, 2009 5:08 pm

      and oh yeah thanks for the compliment on the blog design :)

      • August 15, 2009 6:15 pm

        as i said i have nothing personal against ur thoughts and i totally agree that u cant speak of all issues at the same moment ( we write whatever thoughts come at that moment ) Peace :)

        • August 15, 2009 6:17 pm

          Did I sound worked up? No I wasn’t! At all. I appreciate your thoughts. :)
          I was just being terse in my reply. Shantanu said what I wanted to :)

    • August 15, 2009 5:55 pm

      Dear Lincoln,

      Your comment is worth pondering. However there are things you need to know.

      Your understanding of the online world is pretty limited I suppose. Because if you search any blog network(blogadda, indibloggers or other) you’ll find scores of posts on Farmer’s suicides. Even blogs dedicated to it. Maybe more than Child labor or Women issues. *Maybe*

      I also think that farmers’ suicide doesn’t match the scale of women’s issues or child labor. Having said that I’ll still maintain that it is no less an important issue.

      Why I say that the scale is much greater is because, Farmer’s suicides are seasonal and can be prevented by policies, relief packages and perhaps, rain.

      However Women issues cannot be resolved simply by relief packages and policies. There has be a voice to their troubles. I can set a deadline that say after 2015 our country will have the technology so that no farmer will commit suicide, we’ll manufacture rains, grains, fertilizers blah blah blah. But try setting a deadline for resolving women rights issues.

      Its a mentality thing and it takes more of a voice. Child labor, for example, is a host of other issues like abuse, exploitation, trafficking. Thus people speak more about it.

      Visibility is another thing. You travel in any train and you’ll notice child labor or say a woman being teased. But to see a farmer’s plight you need to switch on a TV or pay him a visit.

      And just to convince you that people(and the online world :D) do not ignore farmer’s suicide – Here is a link of a short film one of my friends made on the same issue – – Have fun and spread the word.

      Also if you have written something on the same issue, please pass the link.

      Take care.

      • August 15, 2009 6:01 pm

        Thank you!! You have said what I wanted to.

        Also, there is a huge difference between the two issues. Farmer suicides are basically that- Suicides. They may be influenced by the conditions, but a person is killing himself at the end of the day. He is not being killed. He has a choice between ending his life and living and facing the circumstances.
        A girl child on the other hand is helpless, and she has no choice. She does not decide whether she wants to live or not. She is being killed. Brutally.

        Having said that, I’ll say that it is true that no issue is trivial. Each issue needs our concern. However, as a blogger, I would wish to write about things that are closer to my heart.

        Thank you for your comments

      • August 15, 2009 6:24 pm

        thanks buddy for such an extensive reply :) , the video is gud

  8. August 15, 2009 5:25 pm

    Bingo !!! We need freedom from those vices !!!

  9. August 15, 2009 5:29 pm

    yes we will! :) it might take time…but it will happen :) nice post nd happy independence day :)

  10. August 15, 2009 5:30 pm

    makes sense :)
    I can still remember wearing pajamas and freedom :D

  11. August 15, 2009 5:48 pm

    Hey what about litter in the streets and corruption in the government and etc etc…. you did not speak of these :-p

    (Just kidding and in no way am I trivialising the issue on hand. I know all the ills of the society cannot be covered in one post.)

    Jai Hind.

    PS – now can I laze around!!!

  12. vinay permalink
    August 15, 2009 6:00 pm

    nice thoughts neha … :)
    even after 62 years of independence, people in India didn’t realize the actual meaning of independence … independence gives us right to host flag any where we like on 15 august but it also gives us responsibility to respect the same when 15 august was over …
    Where did you keep the flag you bought in the morning ????
    -Vande Matram …. :)

    • August 17, 2009 7:48 am

      I did the best thing. I didnt buy a flag. :)
      Better than not taking care of it later.

  13. shraddha@theselfloveproject permalink
    August 15, 2009 6:37 pm

    happy independence day!

    love your way of thinking!

    hugs and love

  14. Mohit Chhabra permalink
    August 15, 2009 7:04 pm

    Nice thought……………Patriotism reaches its peak in almost every Indian whenever 15th Aug & 26th Jan comes and then after that everybody forgets and get busy with their own business. Nobody has time for these issues. Its called 15th Aug & 26th Jan fever which reaches pinnacle on 15 Aug & 26th Jan and then goes down in next few days…………….Nothing personal, it implies to almost everyone out there including me………………………….

    • August 17, 2009 8:00 am

      ok first of all lemme gain back my breath
      *rubbing eyes in astonishment*
      I cant believe you just commented on my blog!! :D
      Der aaya durust aaya :lol:

      I agree with your comment. But I dont think we need to be overtly patriotic every single day. Just doing our bit would be fine.

  15. singhsan permalink
    August 15, 2009 7:51 pm

    that’s true..koi desh Mahan nahi hota..usse Mahan banana padta hain…

  16. August 16, 2009 9:50 am

    Nice point by Mohit nd Shantanu’s ‘Its a mentality thing’ – very true….

    Feel d freedom every moment and celebrate the independence everyday…

    nice blog… :-)

    • August 16, 2009 1:56 pm

      Hey there,

      Thanks for the comment, but even I agree with Mohit only to some extent. Because if we talk about national issues on any other day than a national holiday, people hardly give a damn about it.

      You need to cash in on the patriotic fervor to carry your message across. But yes, we are overtly patriotic only in times of crises or on national holidays. Rest of the time, who karez!

      Cheers anyway!

      • August 17, 2009 8:03 am

        Shantanu, you seem to be doing a good job of replying on my behalf ;) :)
        Thanks :)

  17. August 16, 2009 10:36 am

    Nice of you to share such lovely thoughts on “our Independence”. Good reminder to recall how precious it is to every Indian. Thanks.

  18. August 16, 2009 12:07 pm

    Sahi hai, 4 posts in as many days!!! Awesome! Loved your mom’s pics… Very pretty collage :)

    And Happy Birdday to India as well! Sach hai – Banana Padega :)

  19. August 16, 2009 1:43 pm

    I will feel the fregarance of independence the day we stop talking in terms of caste/religion/language and stop using words like communal/secular/minority community.Also sooner we get over the dynastic politics,better off we will be.

  20. August 16, 2009 3:45 pm

    Nice blog theme !!! :)
    We do need more freedom… Ho jaayega India mahaan ;)

  21. August 16, 2009 4:28 pm

    This post is beautiful in the sense that you have said a lot without using too much space. And best of all, you haven’t tried to be preachy and you have avoided the cynical route too. Normally people say we need to resort to policies and programs and n other such things, which hardly change things at ground level.

    As is clear, we need a mindset change at the grass root level. Without that, everything else is just a sham, a cover-up. We need more people like you. I for one, really liked the fact that one paragraph was devoted to the woman issues. I believe that solving these problems would automatically reduce the gravity of the other issues by more than half.

    And ohh yes, Happy Independence Day!! Hope to celebrate the real one soon!!


  22. August 17, 2009 6:50 am

    very well said..a lot has been done and a lot has to be done..but we can’t just crib on the deformities of our system….we need to make a contribution in the change that’s happening all around us!!

  23. August 17, 2009 8:47 am

    On the outset I would like to echo my feelings the same way. But what pains me more is that though we all feel the same way, we really dont stand up and do something about it. One person cant do much but its a start. a start will take us a long way. Like I voted the first time in my life this year.
    If we want bigger dreams, we should start working on them.

  24. August 17, 2009 8:49 am

    happy independence day wishes… !!

    if we all just take care of ourselves… i m sure we can have a better India… we are a great nation and we must aim for greater heights !!!

    amen to your thought !

    • August 24, 2009 4:09 pm

      we are a great nation and we must aim for greater heights
      So true Hitchy !

  25. August 17, 2009 3:26 pm

    Hi i read your post its very nice and wonderful…
    so i add u in my bolg list and can u add me in your blog list…

  26. August 17, 2009 6:03 pm

    Awesome DP …. perfectly matches with the Independence Day … :-D

    Happy Independence Day to you …. :-D

  27. August 18, 2009 1:05 am

    Awesome DP and post. :)

    So how was your 15 Aug celebrations?

    • August 18, 2009 8:16 am

      Thanks Solilo! Celebrations were awesome :) :D
      Chilled out at home with awesome food :D

  28. August 18, 2009 1:13 am

    “Mera Bharat Mahaan”… banana padega …
    This statement hurts to my ears!
    yes, we need things to change. and first changes within oneself. With a long weekend, it was like a thought of a day to be partying out for most of Mumbaities!
    Well some friends, actually selected few school mates of mine thought of making most of it of this day.
    We planned a visit to school. Our school for flag hoisting, while it has been 11 years we left our school. Seeing the school the so called reunion turned out to be a close to alumni meet, where all people present were talking only about, what could be done for the school and what is best for it.
    I see this as a ray of hope among youths, its only a tiny spark that each one needs to light a flame.
    Hope the flame continues to light and spread the light and glory of our nation!

    • August 24, 2009 4:13 pm

      “Mera Bharat Mahaan”… banana padega …
      This statement hurts to my ears!

      Truth does hurt doesnt it!

      I see this as a ray of hope among youths, its only a tiny spark that each one needs to light a flame.
      A tiny spark is all it takes!

  29. August 18, 2009 3:47 am

    I love your posting. However, is there a decent public toilet for women when they go out for shopping? We cannot even provide that. But we want to be a World Power by 2020. And, a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. Suppose the world gives a permanent seat for India at the UN Security Council, how many women will have a decent toilet when they go for shopping?

  30. August 18, 2009 4:42 am

    Hey there, you’d stopped by my blog so I thought I’d come check out yours. :) I really enjoyed this post. I’m totally with you on wanting more for India. There’s so many more ways in which India can climb up the ladder and be a better nation. The main thing I would love is if everyone could look past ancient break-downs like caste/state/language/etc and be more united. Not just superficially, but genuinely really united.

    Anyway, that said, a belated Happy Independence Day to you! I was on a cab ride back home on the 15th, and the cabby turned around and was like “Heyy, Happy Independence Day. So what do you do today? Go back home and dance to Bollywood music with your family?”. Lol, it was totally random but funny.

    • August 18, 2009 7:05 am

      Hi Archana. I liked your blog. Thanks for dropping by on mine :)
      Yup I am totally with you that we need to forget all differences and be united. Easier said than done, but it will happen someday I’m sure.

      A belated Happy Independence Day to you too! And that cabby was totally right! We must enjoy the day :)
      Once a client in Canada said something similar to me. I was in office late night and he told me hey why are you here? Go home and enjoy a Bollywood movie!
      I guess Bollywood does define celebrations for us :)

  31. August 18, 2009 9:37 am

    Absolutely! Loved this post Neha! Positive, proud, aware and optimistic!

    A very Happy Independence Day to you :)

  32. August 18, 2009 9:54 am

    Biggest dream realised would be when our own govt stops discriminating us based on caste and stops the damned reservation system.

  33. rajeev permalink
    August 23, 2009 10:36 am

    well…by now we all are well aware about the main n still pending basic problems/issues…yields are not hidden in thoughts…we all need actions, first step, individual efforts and making habit of welcoming honesty at first sight.

    we can start with paying our taxes well in time, keeping our surroundings neat and tidy, reporting any child abuse or molestation against woman,senior citizens, children’s to concern authorities. there are many ways to contribute individually we can start with any thing any were.

    • August 24, 2009 4:19 pm

      Yes, that’s the way to begin. Be the change that you want to see in the world: MK Gandhi.

  34. August 24, 2009 4:01 pm

    You can breathe in a country where its own people make their own decisions, whether right or wrong. yes that is the ONE reason that makes it all worth it!

    I dream bigger dreams for my motherland.
    count this Indian too as one who dreams of the same :)

    mahaan banana padega sums it up!

    btw I had seen the earlier DP and LOVED it :)

    Happy Independence Day to you too :) coz each day is one :)

  35. April 4, 2010 3:47 am

    I totally agree with your thoughts…
    Many more miles to go but we will reach there soon..!


  36. Kavita Bisht permalink
    August 15, 2013 6:02 am

    Lovely blog Neha… Read a few comments above one of them being the patriotic fervor coming around 14th Aug staying till 16th Aug and 2-3 days around 26th Jan.. and still most of us act patriotic on these days just to be a part of crowed… there are so many issues, there is so much to do besides carrying on with our normal lives… if each of us only play our part correctly..being sincere in thoughts will not help, we need to be sincere in our actions .. desh apne ap sudhar jaega …. sahi baat hai mahan banana padega … hum badlenge jag badlega.. hum sudhrenge jag sudhrega .. Improvement starts with I… jai hind!!!


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