Saturday, 15 August 2015

Eleutheromania (n)

Eleutheromania (n): An intense and irresistable desire for freedom.

On this day 68 years ago, our country attained independence from the British Empire following a movement largely noted for its non-violent resistance or Ahimsa. On the 15th of Aug 1947, the first prime minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru raised the Indian national flag for the very first time over the Lahori gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. Gandhi first proposed a flag to the Indian National Congress in 1921.This flag was designed by Pingali Venkaya, a freedom fighter. Venkayya's version was subsequently modified in 1947.

The saffron colour in the flag denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. It implies that our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. 

The white in the center stands for light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. 

The green shows our relation to the soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. 

Finally, the "Ashoka Chakra" in the center of the white represents the eternal wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the guiding principle of those who work under this flag. The wheel also denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. It implies that India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

This independence day lets collectively pledge to give our children the FREEDOM of thought, the 
FREEDOM of expression, the FREEDOM of spirit and the FREEDOM to be themselves. Let them experience what it means to be truly FREE. So they may be sufficiently equipped to create a future strongly rooted in tradition yet grow wings that will enable them to impartially follow the path of truth and justice. This is the only way to live out and live up to the true essence of the tricolor. Happy Independence day!