August 15, 2019
“Today, August 15, is the 73rd Independence Day of India. So, I wish all my blog readers of Indian origin a very happy Independence Day. Though many of us are citizens of this great country, the home of the brave and the land of the free, we can’t forget our history and the sacrifice of many who fought and died for our freedom. Among all the types of forgetfulness, the worst kind of forgetfulness is to forget people who mean much to us. Our motto should always be, “Gone, but not forgotten.” While India celebrates her 73rd Independence Day with great fanfare today, a sight to behold, we ought to be thankful that we live in a great country that allows us to celebrate India’s Independence. The 39th New York India Independence Day Parade this year will take place on August 18th, when the Indian American community will commemorate the sacrifice and valor of Indian soldiers. It is interesting to note that the British managed to bring India under their control through a business venture and not an invasion like all other invasions that India had to go through. The British established the East India Company, a mere joint stock company that slowly went about spreading its wings and influence in Bombay, Madras, Calcutta (as these cities were previously known as) and other major cities and soon brought the whole of India under British control. India lived under their dominance for nearly 200 years, and when the people of India could not take it any longer, they had to use both violence and non-violence to obtain freedom. Today, freedom flies in India and is symbolized by flying kites this day to show the free spirit of India. Interestingly, this year the new world record of unfurling the world’s largest tricolor flag of about 4.5 km in length is flown in Chattisgarh and an Indian flag will also be flown in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Unfortunately, for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, it is flown by force and not by freedom, for a recent article in Time magazine states, “…India, by doing this, seems to have taken the land but lost the people of Kashmir.” Freedom is a precious commodity that is the longing of all mankind and cannot be obtained by force. On this historical day, let us pray for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and also for the freedom of religion all over India.”
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin David
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”