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Bharat turns 64!

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Our nation India got independence 63 years ago on 15th august, 1947; rich tributes to thousands who laid their lives for the struggle of independence. I quote the lines of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, which he expressed 63 years ago- “At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”

We, the people of India, have entered into 64th year of independence. India is the largest democratic country in the world. We have succeeded in becoming great modernized nation holding our values and culture. Still after 63 years of independence, due to one reason or the other, social evils like poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, corruption, and unemployment are not fully eradicated from our society. These social evils are major hindrances in the path of democracy. We are still fighting with each other on the basis of religion, caste or region etc. We should work sincerely for the betterment of our people. We should be aware and conscious- politically, socially and economically to see what is happening around us. India would have achieved and succeeded more if we were not fighting with each other on the basis of region, religion, caste, creed etc. Though, no doubt that we are citizens of democratic, republic, sovereign, and secular ‘Bharat’ and we should be proud of it.

Our nation and other nations too are at war with terrorism. As united we stand, divided we fall; we need to be united to have better future for our upcoming generations. Whether in Kashmir, North-East or in any part of India, the forces of secession need to be suppressed in order to protect our Bharat. The idea of Bharat is under attack. We have lost lot of lives in fighting against anti-national forces. Salute to the brave soldiers and leaders who have always protected our nation without caring for their lives. Without engaging in dirty politics, our political parties should work for the people of nation.

We always speak about our fundamental rights but at the same time we should remember our fundamental duties. As responsible citizens of India, it’s our utmost duty to do as much as we can to make our nation developed, prosperous and free from social evils. India is changing and still needs a change so that we will become not better but best in the world. India is one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and those who are fuelling the fire of separatism, regionalism, communalism etc. should be dealt with iron hand. Jai Hind!

Aye Mere Pyaare Watan, Aye Mere Bichde Chaman, Tujh Pe Dil Qurbaan… Tu He Meri Aarzoo, Tu He Meri Aabroo, Tu He Meri Jaan…

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Written by Varad Sharma

August 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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No stones, books only

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Kashmir is stoning. The stone pelting ‘Kani Jung’ has become prominent in the valley. Stone-pelting or ‘Kani Jung’ is not new to Kashmir. Its origin dates back to the Mughal rule in 16th century. The last independent ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak, was dethroned by Mughals. After Mughals successfully invaded Kashmir, Kashmiris would throw stones at Mughal soldiers. In recent history, stone was an instrument of protest. Stone throwing was involved whenever there was fight between Sheikh Abdullah’s supporters and followers of Mirwaiz Muhammad Yusuf Shah (grandfather of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq), the two arch rival political groups in Srinagar city.

In the past few years’ stone throwing has gained momentum in the valley. The protests, strikes, killings etc. has paralysed the life in the valley. Life in the valley is totally messed up. The valley is full of stones from all sides. Life is crippled due to these strikes, stone-pelting etc. The strike diktats issued by separatists & like-minded people have affected the lives of common people. And the most affected ones are children of valley.

The children are most suffered ones in the valley. They can’t go to schools due to these anti-social protests and stone-pelting. The insane leaders are giving orders to parents to restrain their children from going to schools. Instead of pen, books & toys, the kids are given stones. What has happened to civil society in Kashmir? How can they allow their kids to go on streets for protests and stone-throwing? These separatists don’t care for the education of young people in the valley. Their so called ‘Azaadi’ is much more important than anything else. They are busy in instigating violence. They never cared about the lives of people in the valley. These protests will not yield anything for the innocent children. And separatists are busy in revising the calendars for strikes/protests. Now it seems that stones have become the toys of young ones of the valley unwillingly.

The saddest part is that in these protests/stone-pelting, the young children have lost their lives. My heart bleeds whenever I hear the news of deaths of young children. These children don’t even know the meaning of so called ‘Azaadi’. These kids have nothing to do with ‘Azaadi’. Children of the valley need books and not stones. I pray to God that normalcy returns in valley very soon and no more deaths of young children.

(Published in Shehjar)

Written by Varad Sharma

August 1, 2010 at 12:30 am