10 August, 2013
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most structive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only”. Mark Twain.
On august 15 India celebrates its 66th independence day. Time for me to think about my nation.
I am very grateful to my mother India. India taught me to live and tolerate any one who accepts me and who doesn’t accept me. India taught me to be patient to all situations and to live in a diverse world of all different races, religion, language, color, etc.
I just wanted to mention my school experience. It was my best time. As a kid, I started to see kids of all religion studying together. Early morning we gather together before we begin our classes singing our national hymn. Then we recited our pledge. It is so even today. And then after our classes we end the day singing our national anthem. It taught us to hold our hands together to feel as Indians above all differences between us.
Just to add the pledge of India we recite every day morning during the assembly runs so.
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders respect and treat everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well-being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.
That is the reason Shashi Tharoor said so. “Indian nationalism is the nationalism of an idea, the idea of an ever-ever land, emerging from an ancient civilization, shaped by a shared history, sustained by pluralist democracy”.