Celebrating Independence Day, 2020

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Once again 74th Independence Day is being celebrated in all over Bharat with much fanfare and enthusiasm. It shows that entire nation is very much enthused even in the prevailing critical times of mounting corona pandemic not only in our country but also in the whole world. Indeed, reasons behind this evolving scenario are quite manifest as the country is rapidly moving forward in almost all areas of development under competent and visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modi, who hoisted the National Flag seventh time in a row at the ramparts of the Red Forte on this occasion.

In fact, the country has witnessed few unimaginable landmarks in the recent past like declaring Triple Talaq as illegal followed by abrogation of Art. 370 & 35A and enacting of CAA by the Parliament along with clear judgement of the highly vexed and volatile Ram Lala-Babri Masjid issue in favour of Ram Lala (Lord Ram as child), besides successfully passing through tumultuous days of country-wide riots and organized hooliganism and burning of public properties during the just preceding winters. All these have shown the bold and firm resolve of the country’s leadership to face and ward off all kinds of challenges; and that has obviously strengthened the spirit of Bharat as a strong nation.

Though there are few worrisome challenges for the country like population explosion, mounting threat to national security, terrorism and religious fundamentalism, organized crimes apart from economic stagnation due to not so well progressing economy as the growth rate is still hovering around just 4% of the GDP. But everyone knows that this is simply a transitory phase in not only in Bharat but all across the world due to rising corona epidemic and consequent long spell of repeated lock downs spanning into several days. That evidently put the entire nation to a screeching halt thereby severely jolting the national economy, particularly production in all sectors in the country, with increasing stagnation and largescale unemployment leading to massive hardships and troubles especially to the daily wage-earners.

Nonetheless this phase will pass away soon to result into a bright future to deliver the desired growth rate of the country’s economy. But the fruits of economic growth and consequent social progress will become meaningless if the speedy population growth is not strictly checked immediately in the country. As it looks that country today needs one or two child norm policy, as like that in China, for few decades to ensure socio-economic progress and resultant upcoming forward looking rational approach among common people in all communities who may then think for all and earnestly work for overall unity and progress of the nation by rising above narrow and sectarian petty-politics of caste, community, religion, region, language etc.. 

Another grave challenge for the country has recently emerged due to the Chinese multiple intrusions inside Bharat’s territory along the LAC with continuing Pakistan sponsored unceasing terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir valley for the past many years having already become the order of the day. Apart from China and Pakistan, Nepal is also colluding with Beijing against Bharat over Lipulekh, Limpiadhura and Kalapani area in Uttarakhand state of the Bhartiya territory. In fact, Kathmandu has also betrayed our decades-long traditional-cultural friendship at the behest of China.

Notwithstanding all these adverse developments, there are few silver-linings too which indeed arouse hope for the forthcoming good days ahead. The centuries long awaited laying of foundation-stone at the Ram Janam Bhumi in Ayodhya; arrival of five Raffel fighter planes from France; initiating new National Education Policy, 2020; exemplary courage and chivalry of brave Bharitya soldiers and para-military forces on the LAC and in Jammu and Kashmir; outstanding continuing performance of our doctors, nurses and other supporting staff, police forces and many other charitable helps extended by individuals including children and very poor people, groups, NGOs etc. amidst the ongoing corona crisis – altogether called as corona warriors – and consistently elevating global profile of the country and also that of the leadership are some of the significant achievements of Bharat today as a consolidated nation and a significant power in the world.

Indeed the Independence Day celebrations, so far, have been confined to the legacy of Gandhi and Nehru. But, notwithstanding their marked contributions in the glorious national freedom struggle, the real significance of independence day will not be truly felt in the overall popular psyche of the country without honestly recognizing the unparalleled martyrdom and valour of our illustrious freedom fighters viz Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Khudi Ram Bose, Rani Luxmi Bi, Rani Chenemma and many more to count. There is an utter need today for all of us to not only imbibe the core ideals with which these freedom fighters were identified and will always be remembered by the grateful nation but also to honour and practice them in our routine lives so as to materialize their dreams of truly independent Bharat into reality. A country which is free from all kinds of corruptions and organized loot of public money, nepotism, heinous crimes and violence, communal riots, terrorism and religious fanaticism and several other forms of unimaginable evils and gory incidents, like Palghar lynching of Sadhus or a famous film actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s mystery etc., to name a few.

 

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Sudhanshu Tripathi

Sudhanshu Tripathi

A featured weekly contributor with The Dispatch, Sudhanshu Tripathi is a Professor in Political Science and Director at School of Social Sciences in Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Prayagraj (UP), India. He is author India’s Foreign Policy: Dilemma over Non Alignment 2.0 (2020), NAM and India (2012) and a co-authored book in Hindi Rajnitik Avadharnayein (2001) and have published besides numerous articles and research papers. He was awarded with the SaraswatSamman by Pt. S. R. Institute of Education and Technology (PG College), Pratapgarh (UP), on “Shikshak Divas” (Teacher’s Day) in 2016 and was also honouredthe same in 2019 by Lion’s Club Allahabad Central at UPRTOU, Prayagaraj. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Third Concept journal. The author actively participates in social activities as well. He organized a mass awareness rally in 2011, in the wake of Anna Hazare’s ongoing fast unto death against corruption in New Delhi. He was the President of the Teacher’s Association in MDPG College, Pratapgarh, (UP), during 2013–2017 and was also the Vice-President of the Shikshak Mahasangh in the district unit of Pratapgarh during almost the same period.