In my video blog, I am going to be talking about Independence Day. I am going to be stating facts and my experience of Independence in Ireland and India.
Let me start with the poem of most respected Prime Minister Late Sri Atal Bihari Vajpeyi.
भारत जमीन का टुकड़ा नहीं, जीता जागता राष्ट्रपुरुष है. यह चन्दन की भूमि है, अभिनन्दन की भूमि है, यह तर्पण की भूमि है, यह अर्पण की भूमि है. इसका कंकर-कंकर शंकर है, इसका बिन्दु-बिन्दु गंगाजल है. हम जिएंगे तो इसके लिए मरेंगे तो इसके लिए.
India's Ancient History
India's history and culture go back to the beginning of civilization. In the pre-historic era, the Solar King Manu ruled the universe. In his era, the line of ancestry was a queue of his ten sons. His eldest son Ikshvaku ruled the entire Earth. In his dynasty, Agnidhara was a prominent ruler. Agnidhara owned the kingdom of Jambudweep or the island today known as Eurasia.
Agnidhara had nine princes; hence, the land of Jambudweepa was divided into nine realms.
One of the parts of Jambudweepa was handed to Nabhi, who then handed it to his son Rishabhdeva. Rishabhdeva handed over this to his son Bharat. Bharat was a mighty king who united the entire region and established a universal rule. The kingdom was named after him, called Bharat, today known as India. The Bharat Empire or Bharatvarsha included present-day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, south China, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, North-West Tibet, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The following sloka of Vishnu Puran describes what Bharat is.
उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् ।
वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।।
Uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam
varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra santatiḥ
Meaning: The country (Varsam) that lies north of the ocean and south of the snowy mountains is called Bharatam; there dwell the descendants of Bharata.
Lord Rama was of the same Ikshvaku or the Solar dynasty known as Suryavanshi. The Pandavas and Kauravas also belonged to the Ikshvaku dynasty.
Bharat is the land where the first book of Humanity Rig Veda was written. The ancient scientist of Indian origin discovered thousands of concepts of science, mathematics, and other disciplines.
Most Indian scriptures Vedas, Sutras, Purana, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and thousands more contain these discoveries.
Independence Day, in India, a national holiday celebrated annually on August 15. Independence Day marks the end of British rule in 1947 and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation. It also marks the anniversary of the partition of the subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan.
British rule in India began in 1757 when, following the British victory at the Battle of Plassey, the English East India Company began exercising control over the country. The East India Company ruled India for 100 years until it was replaced by the British Crown in the wake of the Indian Mutiny in 1857–58. The Indian independence movement began from 1857 until August 15, 1947, when India got its independence from the British Rein. The movement spanned a total of 90 years and was led by Mohandas K. Gandhi, who advocated for a peaceful and nonviolent end to British rule. He was accompanied by other freedom fighters like Nana Sahib, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Veer Savarkar and many more. One of Subhash Chandra Bose's famous quotes was "Tum mujah khun do me tume azadi donga".
Independence Day is marked throughout India with flag-raising ceremonies, drills, and the singing of the Indian national anthem. Additionally, various cultural programs are made available in the state capitals. After the prime minister participates in the flag-raising ceremony at the Red Fort historic monument in Old Delhi, a parade ensues with members of the armed forces and police. The prime minister then delivers the speech to the people, recounting the major accomplishments of India during the previous year and outlining future challenges and goals. He also gives a tribute to the freedom fighters who fought so hard for our freedom. Kite flying has also become an Independence Day tradition, with kites of various sizes, shapes, and colors filling the sky. Also, to commemorate the day, government offices in India remain lit throughout the holiday, even though they are closed.
My knowledge of Independence Day in India is a bit vague, but I do remember some parts. I am going to share my personal experience with you.
On Independence Day in India, schools and offices would be open to celebrate our freedom.
The main event would be when the flag would be hoisted, and we would sing our national anthem. Then our principal and other guests would give a speech, in which they would talk about Independence day. Afterward, we would have some small activities and go home early.
Independence day in Ireland was a bit different. All the small Indian communities would get together and celebrate. There was a big difference in how we celebrate here than in India. Since it is summer, a lot of people would have time on their hands. On August 15, we would go to the India House, where the flag would be raised, and we would sing The Indian National Anthem. We would then listen to the speech that the Indian Ambassador would say. Songs and performances would be carried out too. Afterward, we would be given some food and be allowed to wander around the house of the Ambassador for a bit.
We would also have a separate function or celebration after Independence Day. The one I remember was in phoenix park. In this, we would have a big stage, and people would dance, sing, speak, etc. There would be different stalls everywhere too. I also performed on this stage. I sang the slokas and did a little dance with our team that was put together. It was an enjoyable experience, and I thoroughly appreciated it.
So what we should always remember that today's India always existed for thousands of years.
One can easily date it back to over 6000 years with Saraswati civilization. Modern researchers are now proving that Saraswati River existed over 22,000 years, so the history of Bharat goes back beyond 22,000 years.
So, what we should recall from Independence Day is that our freedom is in our own hands, and no one should rule over us but ourselves we should never let our country our pride our heart be commanded by anyone but ourselves.
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