Republic, are we?


Well, today marks a remarkable day in the history of India. We had finally got our own set of rules, about 66 years back, our own constitution.

I think our growth ever since, has been phenomenal. Be it Technology, or Space Research, or the massive advancement of industries, we have always seen an upward climb. I would like to recapitulate a few positives on this momentous occasion :

  • India is the largest democracy in the world
  • India exports software to over 90 countries
  • India has the biggest “voluntary” army in the world
  • India was the First Country in the World to Produce Steel
  • India has the second largest pool of Scientist and Engineers in the World
  • India mounted the World’s cheapest mission to Mars

(Source : Internet)

Well, these are a very few of a plethora of extraordinary things about India. The feeling of being an Indian is overpowering and overwhelming, unless, you realise that the power has been misused.

I reiterate, India is the largest democracy in the world. We are a ‘Republic’ nation. There is no dictionary which cites the definition of ‘republic’ without the mention of power vested in the people. While it’s heartening to see India taking gigantic leaps of success, it’s saddening to see people waiting for the Government to bring about a change.

I quote the definition from Wikipedia.. “ A republic is a form of government in which power resides in the people ” ..

We fail to recognize our duties, the principle of any ‘republic’ nation. A government can only impose, but people can make an impact. The progress of our country, in actuality, is affected largely by people. Starting this republic day, strive to be more responsible citizens. Here’s a quick list to get you started :

  • Go green. Use renewable sources of energy.
  • Pay your taxes, its the country’s right.
  • Promote education, it’s directly linked with the nation’s progress.

Mahatma Gandhi probably foresaw this scenario of today’s when he said :  “… be the change you wish to see.. ”

Have a great Republic day, take pride in your nation. Do not forget to return the love and favour to the country.


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