It has been 60 years since we have given ourselves the gift of democracy. The 60th anniversary of our Republic Day behooves each and every Indian to look back at our glorious past, and pay heed to the trials and tribulations faced by our brothers and sisters, because without their sweat and blood, India as we know today would not be what it is. The 60th anniversary is to be accentuated with a lot of emphasis, because 60 is a milestone, a landmark which everyone would like to see and surpass in their lives, a pit-stop on the highway to greatness.
We as a nation have come a long way from the January of 1950. We have walked through the times by abolishing untouchability, eradicating a caste based system, granting every individual his or hers basic fundamental rights. It is because of these principles laid down by our forefathers, today; we are able to enjoy our multifarious customs and traditions. It is because of this diversity, we are able to showcase our proud customs to the world. This is the only day in a year, when every Indian comes under one roof and celebrates his or her gift of the present.
Certain anti social forces continued to hinder the societal development and the nation in turn. Pockets of rebellions sprouted when opportunities arose. With our yearly increasing standard of living, the society began to see a divide. The gap between the ‘fortunate’ and the ‘not so fortunate’ thickened. If only we as a nation decide to invest more in public groups and NGOs that intend to reduce this gap, we would see a positive response form the ‘not so fortunate’.
That is because real happiness is in seeing the fruits of progress percolate down to each and every human, in seeing the ‘real India’ progress. Real happiness is when 836 million of our brothers and sisters, whose subsistence is on a mere Rs. 100 per day, can realistically hope for one day when they can go to bed contented. Real happiness as a nation, can only be achieved, the day every one of our citizens, can sit back in the secure belief that their future is not bleak. And that, will only happen the day we as a nation judge our fellow citizens not by the zeroes in their bank balance, but by the content of their character.