We are gathered here to commemorate the day when our late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian Tricolour for the first time on the free soil of India, to fly gracefully forever in the free sky of independent India.
It was on 15th August 1947 when India became independent from the tyrant rule of the British with the religious efforts of our freedom fighters. In the span of 64 years India has seen lot of development in the field of science, technology, education, agriculture, and infrastructure. But this development has to keep on going and we should pledge to help India regain its lost pride when it was titled as Golden Bird.
The British cunningly took over our country with the pretext of trading with India, this shows that we have the values of generosity and respect for others. This plot of British was not understood by us and we slowly fell at the cunning hands of the British. The atrocities of the British were increasing daily. The final nail in the coffin was the massacre at the Jallianwala Bagh. The people had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh to celebrate Baisakhi on 13th April 1919. Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered firing on the armless people including men, women and children who had gathered there. Can you just imagine that a land of about 7 acres throng with people who were busy celebrating the festival, when suddenly they were fired upon to the number of 1,650 rounds of ammunition for about 10 minutes. The main entrance of the place was blocked by army and the people could not run from the small exits which allowed only one person at a time. But the people who loved India took revenge of this massacre and it was Udham Singh who assassinated Michael O'Dwyer on 13th March 1940 as he was the witness of that masscare. Michael O'Dwyer was the British Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab at the time of the massacre, and the major supporter of General Dyer's action at Jallianwala Bagh.
My friends we are happy that we are breathing in the free air of independent India but for this we should always pay respect to Mahatma Gandhi, Moulana Azad, Khan Abdul Gahffar Khan alias Sarhadi Gandhi, Bamkim Chander Chatterji, Sarojani Naidu, Sardar Patel, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, etc being the moderate. The freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Raj Guru, etc were the one who kissed the noose in love for the motherland. Chandershakar Azad, S C Bose, Rani Laxmi Bai, Lokmanya Tilak, etc being the ones who have been killed at the hands of British.
We have been given a country which is rich in culture, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis are having Unity in Diversity and has made India a role model for other nations. Keeping in mind the cultural diversities the constitution of India was drafter by B. R Ambedkar, which is a perfect bible for ruling a country which is rich in cultural values.
The freedom fighters of India and the initial politicians have done all and now it is our turn to make this country proud of its citizens.
On the celebrations of the 64th Independence Day we should vow to eradicate the evils of the British which they have left in here. The first being Divide and rule, this is the most drastic tool used by the British to rule India and we have to get rid of this. The next is telling lies. We should be honest in work and speech both for the betterment of India. We should not follow the British who use to hang freedom fighters after pronouncing them guilty dishonestly in the courts. Misuse of power: it is another evil that the British used of which Jallianwala Bagh is a living example. We should used power to make India flourish and remain at peace forever.
It is not much difficult to regain the lost valor and pride, but we just have to think about it positively. When Pandit Nehru took the reigns of India there was not much to see but there was much to be foreseen and there was huge to be done. The honest working by our parents has given us this day and we should be proud of our parents and the India of which we are a part.
On India one can speak a lot and number of speeches cannot express the houour of India. Therefore in the end, I congratulate you all to be a part of this honourable gathering on the occasion of 64 Independence Day celebration.