Seven Lessons on What India Really Needs From Its Citizens
By: WE Staff | Saturday, 20 August 2022
Speaking at the momentous occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, PM gave a rousing speech overflowing with beautiful ideas and food for thought for us all. Let’s take a look at the nuggets of wisdom his speech was imbued with and the various life lessons that we as citizens can derive from it.
On Monday this week, India celebrated its 75th year of freedom. The 75th Independence Day was celebrated across the nation with much gusto and enthusiasm. The Indian government had introduced the theme for the celebration as AzadiKaAmritMahotsav. The grand initiative undertaken by the Government of India intended to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of India’s independence and the glorious history of our people, culture and achievements.
The government dedicated the celebrations to the people of India who were instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey. The event also made an effort to recognize individuals who held within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
The day commenced beautifully with PM Modi unfurling the tricolor on the ramparts of the Red Fort. Along with PM Modi every single household in the country also unfurled their national flag with immense pride in their hearts.
Speaking at the momentous occasion, PM Modi congratulated his fellow citizens and gave a rousing speech that was overflowing with beautiful ideas but also food for thought for us all.
Let’s take a look at the nuggets of wisdom his speech was imbued with and the various life lessons that we as citizens can derive from it.
As he congratulated ‘all Indians and those who love India’he also emphasized on the significance of the day towards making a resolve to step towards a new direction.
"Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan, Jai Vigyaan, Jai Anusandhan - as we celebrate 75 years, we need to follow this mantra that was given to us by LalBahadurShastri and later tweaked by AtalBihari Vajpayee." The importance of defense and agriculture can hardly be overemphasized for a nation’s progress, but today it is equally critical for any country to fortify its science and innovation capabilities. The same is true for India and we as responsible citizens must do our part in strengthening the country’s science and technology landscape.
PM Modi also paid a heartening homage to the courageous freedom fighters to whom we owe our independence. "In every part of the world, our Tiranga is flying with pride and honour. The citizens are thankful to Bapu, NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose, BabasahebAmbedkar, VeerSavarkar who gave their lives on the path of duty. Kartvya path hi unkajeevan path raha,” he said.
And rightly so. We stand to learn a lot from these brave hearts. Just as their duty and responsibility came foremost to them, similarly it is imperative for each one of us to do our duties steadfastly. And this should be irrespective of the nature of our job. Duty should always come first and only then will we be able to contribute our best towards national and personal growth.
"Every Indian is filled with pride when they remember the strength of the women of India. Be it Rani Laxmibai, JhalkariBai, Chennamma, Begun HazratMahal. This nation is thankful to Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil and our innumerable revolutionaries who shook the foundation of British Rule,” he further added.
Our past is what makes us who we are today. We owe a lot to the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives and wellbeing to present their future generations with freedom. It’s important for every Indian to keep the memory of our glorious past alive and live by the principles taught by our forefathers.
Although our past needs to be revered, yet equal importance must be given to our present and future as well. The same was reflected in PM Modispeech as he spoke about the country's resolve to build a New India, "Our countrymen have also made achievements, made effort, did not give up and did not let their resolves fade away. Every citizen is wanting to change the country and bring that change fast..want to see all dreams come true in front of their eyes. Our next generation will not wait, they waited enough."
A strong resolve to achieve greatness is a trait we often see in young Indians todays. We all must imbibe this quality in us and strengthen our resolve to achieve greatness.
Indians by virtue of our nature have become aspirational in our lives. We all aspire to better our lives and nation in the same measure. PM Modi acknowledged the same and said, “India is an aspirational society and this is a big achievement and an asset. Also because when the societies are aspirational then even the government has to address these people and their thoughts.”
"India is an aspirational society where changes are being powered by a collective spirit. The people of India want positive changes and also want to contribute towards it. Every government has to address this aspiration society," Modi said.
Being aspirational in life is the stepping stone required for growth of any kind to happen. We must all possess this attitude and it will take our country to greater heights.
PM Modi spoke at length about the achievements of India towards adopting digitization. However he pointed out a critical challenge faced by a host of our Indian professionals looking for employment. "Sometimes our talent is restricted by language barriers. This is example of Imperialism. We need to be proud of every language in our country. When we are connected to our roots, then only can we fly high; and when we fly high, we will provide solutions to the entire world. Nature has been a pivotal part of India's heritage. We already have traditions and practices that will help in combating climate change,” PM Modi said.
In the 21st century there should be no place for discrimination of any kind. Indians have worked tremendously hard to overcome the handicap it faced in the wake of being ruled by the British. Like PM Modi mentioned, the remnants of imperialism should be a thing of the past for India.We must all be proud of the nation that we have become today.
Lastly, PM Modi spoke about a topic that has been discussed and deliberated at lengths over the years, i.e. women empowerment. Invoking every citizen to treat women as their equal counterparts, PM Modi said, "I have one request to every Indian. Can we change the mentality towards our women in everyday life? Pride of Nari Shakti will play a vital role in fulfilling the dreams of India. If we look at India's Nari Shakti in law, education, science, police; In every aspect of life, our daughters and mothers are making major contributions to India.”
Women make up nearly half of India’s population. Their contributions towards nation building and business growth can make a major difference. It is of utmost importance that the nation treats women with the respect and provides to them opportunities to grow.