68th Independence Day.
There was a time, especially after 1965 and 1971 wars when every young Indian wanted to join the Armed forces. It was passion, it was Junoon. These were the ones whose parents didn’t insist upon their sons becoming Doctors or Engineer. Jai Jawan Jai Kisan was the buzzword. Every family in Punjab had one Jawan and one Kisan .That was the national commitment.
Somehow, with passage of time, we Indians have lost the sense of National pride. On 4th July, every American holds and waves the national flag. We are expected to remain locked in due to security concerns. There is a dream in the true patriot’s heart that one day he will see a nation, not on the basis of individuality, but its dependence over integrity within diversity.
For last ten long years, every year we have heard a repetitive (almost) read out speech from Red Fort .I have never found it to be with any specific substance. Addressing the nation without a message to the nation? If at all, it has always smelt of a preparation for next elections or appeasement. V P Singh even used Red Fort speech to announce Prophet’s birthday as a national holiday...Some of us are still clapping.
There was a time when singing of National Anthem was compulsory in Cinema halls, schools and most of public functions. Pity, today, even some Members of Parliament refuse to accept singing of National Anthem.
Print and electronic media, unfortunately, has not contributed to nation building. Media is expected to be an opinion former. Electronic media’s coverage in India is huge and the viewership is in direct proportion to the number of TV sets. TV channels earn an enviable sum as the Advertisement revenues. The rates are said to be as high as Rs 1 lakh per second of advertisement coverage. TV channels must devote at least 1 (one) minute per hour (1/60) during prime time to social messages for free. In case, they do not do this voluntarily, Government must make it mandatory for them to do so. Similarly, print media must be made to carry social message every day.
After ten years, with a new and a credible Government in place, every true, committed Indian is hoping for change from the ruling establishment, besides peoples’ participation and commitment.
Happy Independence Day.
Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW.