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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What does Republic Day mean to you ?

India celebrates its 62nd Republic Day on 26th January. A day for festivities, impressive parades, air displays and patriotic songs. A national holiday on which one feels proud of his nationality, culture and heritage. The entire atmosphere is surcharged with patriotism and heads are held high with pride. A day to make pledges. A day to remember with tears in your eyes the sacrifices made by the great men and women. The surcharged atmosphere lasts throughout the day.

Like all good things it has to end and before you know it, its 27th January and you are transported back to a different world altogether. The hypnotic trance has worn off. The bubble of 26th January has burst. The same set of leaders one saw pledging to lay down their lives for the nation are seen pledging to clear their names of the charges of looting the national treasury. One has come back to the normal world of plunder and looting, a world where the average Indian desperately struggles to meet his existence


This post is dedicated to the honest Civil Servant Yeshwant Sonawane who tried to discharge his duty by fighting the fuel adulteration mafia. In the line of his duty he was burnt alive to death by the mafia on the eve of Republic Day.

This here is the official version of the national song of India the ‘Vande Mataram’.Oh! how I wish it had come true. Maybe it will come true some day. Wishing all Indians a very happy Republic day.

 Vande Mataram!
Sujalam, suphalam, malayaja shitalam,
Shasyashyamalam, Mataram!
Vande Mataram!
Shubhrajyotsna pulakitayaminim,
Phullakusumita drumadala shobhinim,
Suhasinim sumadhura bhashinim,
Sukhadam varadam, Mataram!
Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

English Translation
I bow to thee, Mother,
richly-watered, richly-fruited,
cool with the winds of the south,
dark with the crops of the harvests,
The Mother!
Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,
her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,
sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,
The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.




1 comment :

  1. During my school days, Republic Day & Independence Day in all the schools used to be a big affair. Those days the whole atmosphere used to get charged with patriotism. We used to assemble in the school, and after unfurling the National flag and singing national anthem , all the students along with teachers used to go round the town in procession called “Prabhat Pheri”(in Hindi) in an orderly manner waiving the national flag and shouting ‘Vande Matram’ , ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ or singing patriotic songs. At all the strategic points of the town, patriotic film songs used to be played on gramophone over the loud speaker. After gong round the town, we used to re-assemble at the school to collect our sweet packet and to run for cinema theatre where any Children or Patriotic movie used to be screened free of cost exclusively for the school children.

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