Independence day wishes to everyone. Hope you are all celebrating India’s 65th independence day by taking part in flag hoist functions. The independence day celebrations at our school used to a big event! Be at school by 8 in the morning in a very neatly dressed school uniform, take part in singing the national anthem, saluting the flag, listen to awesome speeches by freedom fighters and then finally enjoy the sweets distributed on the occasion. Of course, there used to be a street parade around the school permises with school band followed by students full of flattering tricolor flags. A feel proud day with all those patriotic songs being played on radio and public announcement system.
Just came back from my good old primary school after taking part in independence day celebrations after long gap of many years and nothing has changed since my childhood with few exceptions. Instead of freedom fighters we have politicians taking the honors of hoisting the flag. These politicians were giving speeches which they never practiced in their life. I am glad that the school is still maintaining the culture of celebrating ‘Independence Day’. Not many schools… err! educational business institutions are giving any importance to these celebrations off late. On my way back, found a bunch of neighborhood kids playing on road. Upon enquiring them about the celebrations, they were more than happy to play with their friends on a holiday. Looks like their schools have a declared holiday on this day and no celebrations at their school!
Where are we heading to? If we don’t celebrate such national festivals, how will kids of current generation understand the importance of ‘Freedom’ and all the sacrifices by our ‘great souls’ in order to achieve our independence? For most of us it is has become a matter of a day off to plan a for trip/movie with family. If it happens to be on a friday/monday, the joy multiplies as it becomes a long weekend! It is high time we understand the reality and spread the importance of such national festive days. We are losing ground on the values that we should be passing to kids.
On a side note, I saw a huge flux of wishes on facebook wall about Independence day! So are we officially into the era of celebrating national festivals on virtual world? At least some remembrance there!