14 August, 2019
Independence Day is always a special day, a National Festival that is celebrated across India. This time, perhaps the fervour is a bit more, due to many circumstances that have come upon recently. Interestingly, Raksha Bandhan is also falling on 15th August this time, and it becomes a case of double celebration for Indians. The brother-sister bond is extremely strong, valuable, and one that transcends all boundaries of region, religion, caste, creed, and all forms of boundaries as we have often seen in India.
The special bonding
Indeed, Raksha Bandhan and the Rakhi that is being tied on the brother’s wrist have a special place and is a great honour as well. A recent example being the women of Sangli and Belagavi, two of the most flood-hit cities in the recent Monsoon havoc across India, tying Rakhis to the Defence personnel who helped in the rescue mission. As far as the personnel was concerned, they were doing their job, and as always they did an exemplary one. But that did not stop the people from appreciating it and the women decided to make it special by tying Rakhis of their wrists and did Arti for them.
After all, the idea of tying a Rakhi to the brother’s wrists was in the understanding that the brother would protect the sister from harm always. In this case, the sisters tied the Rakhi after the brothers helped them through some tough times and rescued them from flood-hit and isolated places. So, as we can see, there is a fusion of nationalistic pride and a lovely brother-sister bonding across the country.
The Independence Day
Many Indians are looking forward to celebrating a special Independence day, and in a few regions, perhaps more so. It is a holiday across the country since it is one of the three national festivals, and this time, many people can also celebrate Raksha Bandhan in peace. This day commemorates the day on which India got independence from the mighty British Empire, and we are in the 73rd year of independence.
India has come a long way, on the road to prosperity and progressed in all spheres. There is a lot that still needs to be done, but there is no doubt that India has emerged has a country that many nations look up to with respect. India has many friends across the world, as it always holds up the ideals of its Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhiji, one of peace, non-violence, and brotherhood.
This year, make it count
While all of us celebrate the Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan, with national fervor and gaiety, have fun and feasts, let us not forget that many of our brethren are in great trouble. Across the country, floods have ravaged houses and livelihoods of many people. Let us do our bit, in whatever ways we can and reach out to those people, who have lost everything in one go. Contribute in cash and kind to the relief camp drives being done in your city.
It is not just one state that has taken the hit; Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Orissa, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra, Maharashtra, and a few other states have been severely affected. The government alone cannot do everything. So, kindly find out how you can do your bit, even if small and help rebuild the lives of the people who have lost everything. Every drop counts, and helps make an impact on those lives and perhaps, bring a smile on their faces. This Aug 15th, let us pledge to do our bit, to rebuild the nation, and show that we care.
It is time to recollect the famous words of great American President, John F Kennedy, who said these famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Indeed, this is true of our country too, and each of us should learn to contribute to the nation’s cause, in whatever ways we can.
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