Friday, August 14, 2009

Independence Day

Today is our independence day. At about 62 years back, we achieved something that many had thought to be an impossible task, reprimanding the effects of the mighty East Indian Company and raising the flag of freedom. So many people died, so many gave their soul; just to make this a better place to live in and so we celebrate; One of my students asked - should we believe in the notion 'Forgive and Forget' and move on towards a happier tomorrow or just stay right here, right now, feeling this present at its best and believe that there is nothing called a better tomorrow? Can we really move on with time and forgive? or will we do justice to those who gave us this gift of freedom of speech by just letting it go? We cannot forget the past. we cannot forget the sacrifices, we cannot forget our roots, we cannot forget where we belong - so there comes no question of forgiveness. We cannot forgive until we are ready to forget and when we are ready to forget we are ready to lose our soul. and we are ready to lose our Heroes.

Is this day an expression of our own identity or is it a part of a global phenomena, that each and every country nourishes. So many faces, so many names and they all did what they thought was right. they raised their voices, they demanded an answer and though they bled they still won.
and now there is new blood, new aspirations, new policies but there is still a lingering ray of hope that shines among the few who does the same thing that the Great ones once did. There is no need to fight for independence, there is no need to raise our voices, but still they do; to preserve the gift, to preserve independence and to make changes to curb the possibilities of self-deprivation and mass degeneration. They are the people who are making the changes, silently but efficiently; they are the people who are still raising their voices sparingly but passionately; so they are the new Heroes and so salutations to them and what they do and happy independence day to all. I wish i could have been a half of what they are. I am not. But I do know them. That also counts.


  1. My tears are from gratitude because I feel you are a very dear and trusting friend. A Noble man indeed.

  2. Sourav, Thanks so much for this wonderful video and message to all of us.
    You keep us stronger to continue our journey to make the world a better place for all.
    Again, many thanks from the bottom of my heart.
    Happy Independence day!

  3. As always you touch my heart and I feel so blessed to know you. You are one of the new heroes and alwyays have been. You have touched so many hearts and fight each day for what is right and just, yet you are so humble. I hope you know how much we and the world need you.
    Happy Independence Day my dear friend!!!!

  4. Thank you for posting such a touching video my friend. It is an honor to know you & to count you as a friend.
    Happy Independence Day!

  5. The tears are running down by cheeks right now having just watched your beautiful and moving video. I am greatly honored to be called your friend and to know you. I am overwhelmed that you included me in this video. I hope someday in the near future, I will meet you face to face to thank you and to give you a hug dear friend so far away.