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The Meaning of Freedom for the Present Generation of Youth as India Celebrates Its 74th Independence Day

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What it means to be young and free in India

What it means to be young and free in India

What it Means to be Young and Free in India

As India celebrates its 75th year of Independence on August 15ththis year, let us reflect on what it means to be young and free in India. There is no doubt that the glorious future of the country rests on its youth. It is estimated that 27% of the population of the country which is 1.3 billion is comprised of young Indians.

Gone away are the days when the lure of foreign lands for better prospects and a better future was prevalent. Now they see the country moving on and want to be a part of new India. They are pragmatic and practical and look forward to new horizons, new avenues of growth. They talk about the country with pride, protectiveness and love. They feel India is one now. The spirit of patriotism as brought out in Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore poem ‘Gitanjali’. The youth of India march forward without fear, holding their head high.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's poem ‘Gitanjali’.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's poem ‘Gitanjali’.

Blessed to be Born in a Free Country

It is a blessing to be born in a free country for the youth of today. They accept that the freedom they enjoy has come at a heavy price which has been paid by our freedom fighters and continuous to be paid by our soldiers of our country on a daily basis. Many young soldiers have put the country and its people before their own lives. In a violent clash with Chinese troops in June, 20 soldiers lost their lives in Ladakh, is a proof of the Indian Army’s commitment to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. Today young India feels a sense of pride in Subedar Neeraj Chopra from 4 Rajputana Rifles regiment achieve glory by winning a gold medal at the Olympics. His feat has made his family and all of India proud.

Freedom is a Gift

My grandparents were born in a country that was in the throes of foreign rule. I have heard stories of the freedom struggle from them. In fact, my grandfather who was in the army, participated in second world war and received a medal for his bravery from Queen Victoria. My father served in the Indian army after independence for twenty five years. So the nationalist spirit is a legacy from three generations in my family.

The freedom that we enjoy today is a gift conferred upon us by the brave men and women who laid down their lives, so that future generations could live in a free and independent country. Being born in a free, sovereign democratic republic, our generation did not take this privilege for granted. We strove and did our bit for the development of the economy and overall progress of the country. The same values need to be inculcated in the younger generations today. Freedom today means living without fear, prejudices and gender biases. For the present young generation, independence means equal opportunities for everyone irrespective of caste, gender, religion, geographic location.

The Youth can Transform the Country

Freedom to express, agree and dissent is the priority for the youth of today. They are in the forefront of social change in the country. Economic independence and the freedom to build a life of their choice is of paramount importance to them. They dare to dream and can strive to achieve it, even if they have to face many hurdles in their pursuit. In that sense they are truly free. As the nation celebrates its 74th Independence Day on August 15th, young India will celebrate its freedoms and are ready to fight for the freedom when denied to them.

As India has the largest youth population, it is asserted that India’s secret weapon is its young population. This great young population, if channelized properly can become instrumental in transforming the country. Economist believe that the youth have the potential to boost the Indian economy at an unprecedented level. With proper education, good health care facilities and employable skills, our young population can be utilized in the development of the country. each one of us has the responsibility to uplift the youth of our country. We can start from our own homes, by encouraging the young members of the family to be socially and culturally aware, to gain knowledge and to share their ideas and opinions with the world. They should be nurtured in an atmosphere where they can develop into rational and decision-making individuals.

Generation of Thinking Individuals

The first step to ensuring a better tomorrow for the youth of our country is to provide good education, along with a healthy interactive environment where they have the freedom to debate on social and cultural issues and question conventions not in their favor. Social media has provided a platform for the youth to participate and share their views on social and political issues. It is a generation of thinking individuals and their thoughts should be encouraged and appreciated. To protect their right to education, it should be ensured that educational facilities are available, even to those who cannot afford it. Right to survival necessitates that they have access to food and shelter. They should be encouraged and allowed to shine to see a better tomorrow in a great country.

Rights Come with Responsibilities

Freedom has given the people rights, and with rights come responsibilities. Young Indians should not forget that it is their responsibility to contribute to the welfare of the country. They should be positive, cheerful and aim for the best. The Youth can become responsible citizens by taking an active part in social and political activities or engaging in community services.

When youngsters work passionately towards the causes they care about, they can bring positive change in society. We need young voices to be heard in major policy making decisions. They have the infinite potential to shape the world. With a combination of energy, passion, and fearlessness they have the capacity to change the world. They need to realize that they are the future of the nation and the world. They need to start thinking independently and strive to uphold the sovereignty and integrity of the country. They should work towards bringing social reform and help the country develop and move towards progress.

Young India-An Acrostic Poem

Young people of India are

Optimistic and Courageous

Understand their duties towards

Nation building and progress

Growing from strength to strength

India is the motherland they love

Not letting adversities deter them

Defining the change they want to see

Indomitable will to succeed

Awake to a world of peace and joy

Other Countries that Share Independence Day with India

Some of the other countries that share their Independence Day with India on August 15th are Indonesia, North Korea, South Korea, Bahrain, Liechtenstein, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Happy Independence Day 2021 | Independence Day Quotes / Messages /Wishes /Greetings/ 15 August 2021

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Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 17, 2021:

Hi Swati, thanks for the visit and comments. Have a nice day.

Swati Sharma from India on August 16, 2021:

Happy Independence Day...Thank you for sharing the importance.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 15, 2021:

Thanks Ravi for the kind comments. Yes the youth need to be reminded of the value of the freedom they are enjoying, and of the struggles and sacrifices of our forefathers. Many keep cribbing on the lack of facilities and infrastructure in our country. They need to be reminded how lucky they are to be born in a free country, able to pursue their ambitions and dreams, with the support of a strong family and social structure. Awakening a sense of nationalism in the young generation is the need of the hour for our country now. The rest will automatically follow. Have a great day, stay blessed.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 15, 2021:

Thanks, vidya for reminding us again on the importance of independence day and the meaning of freedom .So many youths of today have misguided opinions about the freedom that needs to be channelized in the right direction for the good of the country. Thanks for writing such a powerful piece.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 15, 2021:

Thanks John. I appreciate your visit and comments. Yes I spent the day well renewing my patiotism by watching our esteemed PM's speech and patriotic movies. I am glad you liked the article. Have a great week ahead. Stay blessed.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 15, 2021:

Vidya, I hope you had an enjoyable Independence Day. This article was. Very educational and interesting, and your poetry excellent as always. Have a great week.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 15, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, thanks for the visit and nice comments. Happy Independence day to you too. That was my idea. I wanted my friends to revisit the essense and greatness of our country on Independence day. It is this spirit of nationalism that holds out country with such a diversity of culture and tradition, religions and languages, together and make it one of the largest democracy in the world. It is really good to see this ferver of patriotism in the young generation of the country. I am glad you liked my articles. Take care friend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 15, 2021:

Manatita, brother, I am so honored. I am amazed at your insight into the essence of India. I love the rich spiritual culture of India too. Mother India is the divine mother for me. That's the reason I had this great urge to write something about the day she got her freedom 74 years back. The men and women who struggled and sacrificed to free her are the bravest. I salute your Guruji with whom you spent 40years in India. Thanks for sharing the copy of Guruji's wisdom. Each and every word mentioned is true and sacred.These golden words about my country will be etched in my memory for ever.The ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads are relevant even today. About the rivers, I have personally experienced the divinity of river Ganga. On a tour of North India, visiting places like Agra, Mathura, I suddenly fell ill. Developed high fever and medicines did not help much. Then we visited Hrishikesh and I had a dip in the Ganga and drank the water from the river. The next day I was absolutely fine. The fever had miraculously disappeared. That was many years back. Now I believe river Ganga is much polluted and clean rivers campaigns are underway. So for me river Ganga is the divine supreme. Often when I feel low, I just visualize the flowing river in Hrishikesh and I feel so much better. Strong women of our mythology like Sita, Kunti, Draupadi, Damayanti continue to inspire us. I never tire of hearing and reading the stories from our mythology. Your love and respect for India's spiritual masters, gurus, our culture, our country, our ethos is really awe inspiring Manatita. I am so proud of you. I am so lucky to have found a spiritual brother like you. Jai Bharat mata, Jai Sri Krishna. Stay blessed.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 15, 2021:

An excellent article Vidya Ji. I am so happy to read it, while celebrating our Independence Day, today.

Happy Independence Day to you.

I have always been proud of our democracy, freedom, culture, traditions, and our unity in diversity. It’s so comforting to see the patriotic, responsible and committed young Indians, who love their country, and do everything in their capacity, for the well-being of the nation.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 15, 2021:

Thanks emgee. I appreciate your visit and comments I am glad you liked my article. Love holds India together in spite of so many religions, languages, diversity in culture and tradition. Take care, stay blessed.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on August 15, 2021:

Excellent write-up, it's great that you have written this. India is home to 4 great religions and the best part is these religions spread by only love.

manatita44 from london on August 15, 2021:

Vidya Ji,

I salute your Love, your fervour for your country. It is a timely moment to write, to celebrate with you, the empowerment of youth, as well as a shout to them for building a positive India. Kudos to you.

I love India very much! Being of an esoteric nature, I first salute it's Spirituality, my Guru ji from East Bengal, at whose feet I sat for nearly 40 years! Much of the rest I sent to the Indian community. I do not have your address, so I'll give you a copy here. Jai to you!

Namaskar, my Esteemed Bhaia ji's, Didi Ji's.

May the vastness-Heart of Bharat Mata, continue to feed and nourish your Spirits, may you ever ascend to the transcendental abode of the Absolute Supreme.

Let us celebrate the Spirit of Mother India, her Rishis, Seers, Yogi's, Satguru's, Swami's ... Avatars: Sri Ram, Sri Krisha, Sri Chaitanya, Sri Ramakrishna ...her sons and daughters of Light: Meera, Anandamayi Ma and others. Her Spirit of resilience and fortitude, her sacrifice: Netaji, Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, the God-man Sri Aurobindo and others.

Jai to your culture, so woven in the wisdom of the Ancients, your epitome of Indian sacrifice and Indian womanhood: Your Sita and Savitri; your Damayanti and Kunti. The richness and diversity of your all-embracing Light-Divine ... your joys and your sorrows. Your women and their various unique contributions; your scientists and scholars on a par with the West. Finally, your far superior Spiritual giants and your immortal poets.

May your holy rivers, your sacred cities and all those past and present advocates of the Higher Light bless you and keep you safe. May the beauty of Mahalakhsmi and Saraswati endow you with opulence, inner and outer. Finally, may Mother Kali burn the darkness of Ignorance and speed up your lustre, according to the Will of Brahman. Jai Bharat Mata ... Jai Hind.

Your spiritual Brother,

Manatita

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 14, 2021:

Thank you Pamela for the kind comments. Much appreciated. I am glad you liked the article. Yes freedom is precious for us because our forefathers struggled, fought and many gave their lives, so we could be free now. We need to remind our youngsters who are the future of the country to value this freedom and respect the ideals and principles on which Independent India stands strong today. Take care, stay blessed. Have a great weekend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 14, 2021:

Thank you so much for your inspiring words Lora. Much appreciated. I am glad you liked the article. The young generation has the potential to bring change and take the country forward. Opportunities are also plenty here now. They get recognition and encouragement when they excel, so they prefer to stay back and do good work here. They are the backbone of our country and we need them too. Yes and they know their responsibilities well. The way they take an active part in campaigns, community work, social and environmental issues shows they care. With the right guidance and encouragement they can make a difference not only to their community, and country but to the world also. Take care my friend, stay blessed.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 14, 2021:

I love the message in this article, Vidya. Thank goodness young people are free in India to speak their thoughts and that they have rights.

You expressed the importance of this freedom so beautifully in your article, and 75 years is sure better than being ruled by a foreign government. I really love your article. Thank you for your inspiration.

Lora Hollings on August 14, 2021:

This is a wonderful article, Vidya. I love your emphasis on freedom and the rights of the individual in a free and democratic nation which India is. I'm glad to hear that the young people now prefer to stay in their own country and contribute to its economic and social welfare rather than to go to other countries. How right you are when you say that with freedom also comes responsibility in helping a nation to continue to make progress and build a bright future for all of its citizens. I love your acrostic poem as well. Thank you for your inspiring article.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 14, 2021:

Thanks Bill. I appreciate your visit and kind comments. I am glad you liked the article. Often people see only their rights. They don't see the responsibilities that come with it. Responsibility is the cost of freedom. Have a great day my friend. All the best for your surgery. Take care, stay blessed.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 14, 2021:

A wonderful glimpse into the future, and a glance at the past. Freedom comes with responsibility, as you pointed out very well. I love this look at the cost of freedom. Well done!

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 14, 2021:

Thanks Peggy. Yes rights come with duties and responsibilities. Have a great day. Blessings.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 14, 2021:

Thanks Misbah. I appreciate your visit and comments. Yes we are blessed to be in a free world. Take care ny friend. Blessings

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 14, 2021:

Happy Independence Day to you and everyone in India. Freedom is a blessing but also takes work. May your freedom long continue!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 14, 2021:

Vidya, a very Happy Independence Day to you and to all the Indians. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece. Indeed, Freedom is a Blessing.

Blessings and Love!!

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