75 years of Independence
| Shahi Raza Khan - 16 Aug 2022

August 15th, 1947 is etched deep into history and people’s collective memory as the day that India achieved independence. Today we are commemorating its 75 years of Independence, India has channeled her civilizational strengths and cultural diversity into a brand-new shared future, and opportunities for achievement, progress, and prosperity for its billion-plus citizens, making our country inspiration for the rest of the world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no big celebrations or social events in the past two years. But we have overcome the pandemic with the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive which has been unprecedented in both scales and reach.
Our main goal in celebrating Independence Day is to educate our young generation about the pride and courage of our great freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our country's freedom. It's the day we put aside our cultural differences and come together as true Indians. Youth awareness is necessary because the nation's future rests on the youngsters and their power to influence the country. As a result, our responsibility is to serve the country and make every effort to improve society. Independence Day is marked by a strong sense of patriotism and nationalism across the country. The day also reflects our pride and solidarity in the country's diversity. India, a land of people of all religions living together in a diversified society with a rich culture and heritage, celebrates this significant occasion with tremendous joy. We are elated, and it motivates us to defend our motherland against any attack on the country's dignity and sovereignty. Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Sukhdev, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandra Shekhar Azad, and others are among the prominent freedom fighters without whom our dream of Independence would not have been possible. Our country is free today from British rule because of their sacrifice and hard effort. August 15 is the day when the country's citizens honor our freedom fighters.
Today is a milestone day to reflect on as to what we achieved in these 75 years, and what more we need to achieve. Finally, we need to articulate our vision, firm up a goal and get people, policies, and institutions aligned to the future vision.
•           India’s longevity has doubled from 33 years during independence to about 70 years now
•           India’s GDP has increased from 2.7 lac crore in 1947 to 147.79 lac crore today - India has become the fifth largest economy
•           India has become the fastest growing economy
•           India has become a nuclear power
•           Agriculture is self-sufficient and produces five times more than it produced during independence.
•           India’s literacy rate increased from about 12 percent in 1947 to 74 percent
•           Indian education system is the second biggest in the world.
•           AIIMS, IISC, IITs, and IIMs are amongst the world’s best educational institutions.
•           India has moved to Mars and is a world leader in space programs.
•           India has added a billion more consumers post-independence. The supply chain has penetrated the most remote villages.
•           India has created a few world-class billion-dollar companies.
•           Due to the world-class healthcare facilities, medical tourists flock to India for world-class treatment.
•           India is the pharmacy of the world.
•           We have now moved from a nation with rationing of landlines - to more than 100 % telecom density, and are planning to launch 5G soon.
•           Indian Railways is the largest employer in India.
•           Indians have powered the world with Indian skills and brains.
•           India has increased connectivity massively, both in terms of soft and hard infrastructure.
India has moved fast forward on all fronts, and with the help of a holistic approach, its success is at an unprecedented level.
This year, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture, and achievements has been launched. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
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