Har Ghar Trianga, because Nation First, Always First!

Har Ghar Trianga, because Nation First, Always First – in honour of our 75th Independence year!

Before I begin my article, I sincerely wish to congratulate all of us for witnessing the glorious 75th year of our democratic Independence. This day might come once a year, but it is a stark reminder to us that 365 days a year – we are free as a country; as an India, because of our freedom fighters and visionary leaders that have put forward a country in our existence that makes us proud of our liberty and constitution.

Har Ghar Tiranga

When I heard about the Centers’ campaign on Har Ghar Tiranga to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and hoist it, I found it as much awaited activity which may prove pivotal for rejuventating the modern Indian patriotism. The idea behind the initiative as per the government was to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and to promote awareness about the Indian National Flag. With this, I had a question in mind that I sincerely needed an answer – when was the last time men of my age, along with their families actually consciously took part in hoisting our national flag? My memory took me back to my school, and I must admit I did not like the feel of it. Was patriotism confided to us only at school? Had the sense of nationalism just been devoted within the school hours?

It’s been 75 years since our independence, and we must actually celebrate it with pride. The spirit of nationalism does not arise when there is a republic or Independence Day around. If you look back in the past, we have countless achievements that have marked themselves in global history. Once which was colonized by the Britishers is now in the words of ruling them. Ironically, what once was considered a third-world country is now ruling every first-world countries in the terms of science, technology, engineering, management, medicine, literature, philosophy, and whatnot. Har Ghar Trianga is a reminder to our achievements – it’s a glorious campaign by our visionary Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Bhai Modi Ji.

I would sincerely like to remind everyone today of those few historic facts that changed the way I look up to my country in a good way in honour of the campaigns. Moments that I cherish deeply about my country. Here are few of the many:

Sare Jahan se Accha: This phrase was coined by India’s only cosmonaut in space Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma. The year was 1984. Rakesh Sharma, an Airforce Pilot was single handily chosen to become the cosmonaut for a space joint programme between the Soviet Interkosmos and the Indian Air Force. During his 7 days, 21 hours, and 40 minutes aboard the Salyut 7, the then Prime Minister Shri. Indira Gandhi asked Rakesh Sharma – “Upar se Bharat kaisa dikhta hai aapko?” (What does India look like from up there?). And as a true patriot, he replies – “I can say without any hesitation, saare jahaan se achha.” Watching the telecast as a young boy, I realised the depth and emotions Rakesh Sharma must have left to witness India like never seen before. His experiments on astrophotography of India from space and the impact and effects of yoga on the human body during weightlessness due to zero gravity remain one of the biggest ethnic-based experiments to be conducted in space.

Presently when it comes to space technology and exploration India comes fifth. ISRO has been giving our country and this world uncountable accomplishment. Through the Indian Space Research Organization, our country now proficient in becoming the only Asian country to send a spacecraft to Mars. The visionary Mangalyaan entered Mar’s orbit in the month of September 2014. It had travelled for over 10 months i.e. 666 million km giving India an incredible journey towards success in its maiden Mars mission. We are one of the handful countries in the world with a space station of its own and there is much more for us to offer than we can imagine. The sky is just the limit for us.

 

Eradication of Polio: It was the year 2014. World Health Organization declares India being polio-free. We were given the certificate of being free from the deadly disease that haunted our children for nearly 2 decades. It was not an easy task especially when you look back to history. Around the early 1990s maybe 1994 in particular, India recorded 60% of cases of Polio. We were losing children and young adults, especially from the marginalized and vulnerable groups to a life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus. Destroying polio in India was an accomplishment of devotion, responsibility and endless education of people on getting the polio vaccines. It took us nearly 20 years to finally come out of this plague. But it was only because of policymakers, health workers, frontline workers, partners and community volunteers, working hard around the clock to deliver, and inject polio vaccines to children in every nook and corner of the country. To me, personally, the entire Polio campaign was the biggest form of patriotic gesture to fight for the wellness of our country’s health and we have finally inked ourselves as a Polio-free country.

Right to Education: If you must have read my previous blog, you must be aware by now that education has as always been one of my purest passion. I have been growing this passion from a young age wanting to educate every breathing soul in this country. I understand that my privileges had always made my education easy to access. But truly that’s not the case with everyone around. It is by acknowledging my privileges that I know why education for all is a must and the Right to Education Act enables every Indian citizen to access education as their basic fundamental human right. The act concerning Article 21 (A) of the Indian Constitution came has a boom for accessing free and compulsory education for children aged between 6-14. This stopped all the barriers such as seeking donations, lobbying admissions, and others. The government took it its obligation to give free and compulsory access to education to all the children between the said age group. This benchmark act also made it very strict for all schools to give the right amount of student/teacher ratio, be clean & hygienic and maintain a minimum standard to even orchestrate a ground for giving education. Ever since then the standards of the Indian education system have only grown exponentially in a more dignified manner than it was before. It was indeed one of the greatest landmark events that could have happened to India in the 21st century.

Abolishing triple talaq: I am one of those individuals who would fight for the rights of your religious liberty be it a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or any other. I, as a practising Hindu, as an Indian believe in co-existence and religious harmony. But when it comes to violating human rights, I have always voiced my strong opinion about all those backwards thoughts and orthodox practices be it in my own religion. We all know about triple talaq and it has been one of the most devasting human right violation practised within our free country. I felt that this sectional practice was nothing but a form of harassment to my Muslim sisters. Ever since I was a child, I have heard cases of husbands uttering the word “talaq” thrice and stripping women of their right to live, social dignity, and also their future. As we progressed to a very modern yet tolerant country, it was high time that this practice was banned. Before India came to eradicate the triple talaq issue, many Islamic countries criminalised the barbaric practice. When India banned Triple Talaq many sectional issues like gender equality, gender secularism and liberty were questioned – that cannot be stripped off based on the religion females practice, at least not under our holy constitution. Muslim women who were the victim of triple-talaq were finally given justice by making this Sharia practice unconstitutional. It was our biggest step towards giving every Muslim woman in this country a right to practice life with dignity. When the act was passed in the year 2019, I knew the betterment of life and dignified access to equality to our Muslim sisters are marching toward independence

Northeast India finally getting the attention: The easternmost part of the country known to us as the “Land of Seven Sisters” has been ignored for quite some time. But as the chapter on Northeast talents, possibilities, and contribution to the economy grows, the centre has diverted all this attention to connecting, promoting, and exercising its thoughts on the development of North-eastern states. We all know in the recent past how Northeast has been giving us countless medals for their sportspersonship. Not just this, the agriculture sector has been given a significant boost in the country’s economy. With government campaigns and awareness programmes, nearly 200 different ethnic groups are given access to education, infrastructure, medical facility, livelihood enhancement and employment opportunities. Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region has been financing 1000 CRS development projects that have been meticulously making great connectivity infrastructure for all the states in the region. At present, after 75 years of Independence, they are now schools at possible all accessible corners, along with hospital facilities, civil administration offices to raise queries, power distribution in remote places, universities, and study centres in almost every district. Isn’t it such a better time for all of us to be able to witness India taking care of one of the most neglected regions post-independences?

Railway infrastructure:  Why I had to mention the Indian Railway because of the earlier memories we had shared with this transportation mode. The Indian government has always been taking great initiatives to upgrade the railway infrastructure from its inception. It is the backbone of our economy since it is the biggest big contributor to our GDP. It’s not just about money, but Indian Railways have made our vast landmass come closer. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, to Surat to Dimapur – we have been made to visit our friends and family without any problem. The total length of the Indian Railways network stands at a whopping 66,030 km which is more than the entire circumference of our planet. And it is so far the biggest developing resource and sector of our country. Thus, making it a fact that India is the fourth-largest railway system in the world, behind only US, Russia and China, making it the largest in Asia that is still expanding. It does not end here – from having 42 independent railway systems at the time of independence to presently having 69 divisions and 16 zones – Indian Railways today has more than 1.3 million employees making it the 8th largest employer in the world. We all know how much everyone’s lives had gotten better being employed by the Railways. I might just admit, for some families, it is just the dream to be employed here. But honestly, to see the tremendous growth of this sector brings nothing but joy.

Power Infrastructure: It would not be fair from my end to not mention the power industry of our country next to the railways. It is indeed a very proud moment to understand the journey of the electricity trade in our country since pre-independence. From sparking the first bulb in Calcutta in the year 1879 to achieving countless surplus achievements, India is the third largest producer of electricity in the world for both utilities and non-utilities generations. Now every small village in the country has access to electricity. Now children no longer study under street lights or candle. There is equal accessible for clean electricity for everyone in this country. After achieving such an enormous success, it is indeed a matter of joy to see this sector framing itself as the best industry of our country. As India moves towards a sustainable approach to generating economy, it has now equally focused its ventures on solar power, wind power, waste-to-energy, small hydro and bio-mass.

Harmony: India is one of those few countries in the World that has the strongest relationship with its neighbours. Yes! I understand that we have a notorious neighbour in the Northwest, but despite our tension, we have been able to maintain harmony for the betterment of our people. India has globally been known for being a hospitable ground that educates everyone on the art and necessity of tolerance and ahimsa. There is no extremism here but love, devotion, harmony, secularism, and endless peace for humankind. Our holy Indian constitution supports and encourages religious harmony in this diverse land. It is one of the most rewarding privileges for anyone born as an Indian citizen that he or she has the right to choose and practice any religion they wish. We live amongst the most peaceful coexisting religious groups in the world. It is only here in India that one could witness a Sikh helping a Muslim man organise the Eid festival. It is here that you would find a Hindu as excited as a Muslim to break the fast-during Ramadan. It is here you witness a Muslim winning competition on reciting Ramayan and the Holy Gita.  It is only here that you could see everyone celebrating Christmas together. These are the truest forms of examples of how religion, despite being different can never be above our tolerance, and traditional values of being an Indian.

With all this in mind, and watching my India becoming a superpower – Har Ghar Trianga is nothing but our righteous honour to promote and spread awareness of all the magnificent things the country has achieved in 75 years. Har Ghar Trianga might sound like a campaign but it is much more than that. It’s our once-in-a-lifetime chance to pay tribute to the tricolour that is continuously making history in the global chapters. Let us all take an oath to dedicate our lives in honoring our country’s journey so far and never take a step that would contribute to the imbalance of its cultural and diverse beauty.

The achievements are too many and including all of them in this article is probably not possible. But I still want to give a message to younger generation that the meaning of true independence is to enjoy your freedom without affecting the freedom of others. Respect freedom of people and they will respect your freedom. A lot many martyrs had contributed for this day and we need to keep their spirit alive.

Happy Independence Day to everyone. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat

 

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