This year, on 15th August, India will be celebrating it’s 70th Independence Day. On this very day 70 years ago at the stroke of midnight, we made our tryst with destiny. Since then, as a nation, we have seen many ups and downs, many glories and downfalls. We have revived our economy to be the second fastest growing economy in the world. We have even left our mark in space. From being an under developed nation, we have come a long way to have reached the stature of a developing nation. Now we are striving to become a developed nation. As we are in a habit of making resolutions every now and then, let’s try and make independence day resolutions that would act as a service towards the well being of our nation.
Serving the nation is not the sole responsibility of the armed forces or the government. It lies with every citizen. Some may argue that citizens are not in a position to do something effective for their country, but service towards nation is not defined by its magnitude. We don’t have to be a soldier fighting wars or a law maker involved in making policies to serve your country. Every small act towards making lives better for others is a service towards the nation.
But then what is stopping us? Actually, the root of the answer to this question lies in our attitude to shift the responsibility towards others. We have a tendency of blaming the government for the state of affairs in our country. Although the government is responsible for the affairs of our country, pointing fingers and doing nothing will not make things better. What we must understand is “In a democracy, people get the leaders they deserve”.
For some, our Independence Day the 15th of August is a regular holiday and for others, their independence day resolutions just start and end at going for the Flag hoisting ceremony
Independence Day Resolutions we must make as our duty towards our Country
Independence is not only about hoisting the ‘Tiranga’, singing the national anthem and feeling pride of being an Indian for a day. Neither is wearing tricolor clothes or listening to patriotic songs or watching patriotic movies.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “ Be the change you want to see in the world”. So let’s try and change some small changes in our attitude and be the ambassadors of change to make our country a better place to live.
Here are some independence day resolutions we can take to be of service in our individual capacities.
1. Respect our National Language
Hindi is our national language but many people treat it like a second language now. The youth thinks that talking in Hindi is below their dignity. It’s a common perception that those who talk in Hindi are dumb, naïve and unintelligent but that is not the case. Nowadays many a people educated in English medium don’t know Hindi properly. They prefer English to Hindi. Many Indians are ashamed of speaking Hindi in public. If we don’t respect our national language who else will?
2. Pay Taxes
Tax evasion is a crime. We all love money and it’s hard to part with one’s own hard earned money. But as a citizen of the nation, it is our duty to pay taxes. Taxes are important for running the nation. Everyone is looking out for ways to evade taxes. Do we think of money when we spend on luxury? Then why do we think so much while paying taxes? Afterall the majority chunk for running the nation comes from tax money.
3. Cast your vote
India is the largest democracy in the world. And being a democratic state the responsibility of selecting the government falls on the shoulders of all the citizens equally. The vote of every citizen counts and is important irrespective of his/her social stature. Statics show that it is the well- educated and well-aware people who don’t cast votes. A holiday on election day is not for running errands or taking a travel break. It’s about exercising your basic and most important right of voting and choosing our government. We have no right to put blame on the governance of our country if we don’t vote.
4. Keep Cleanliness
We all thrive to keep our homes clean. Our country is also our home. Cleanliness is also crucial for healthy living. We can begin with small things like throwing garbage in dustbins and garbage dumpers, instead of just trashing it anywhere, using public toilets instead of attending nature’s call in the open. Many will say that these facilities are not available to everyone and government is not doing anything. True, that some people might not have the means. But what about those who have?? As the fortunate ones are we doing enough ??
5. Save and Harvest Water
In India every year there is a drought in several parts. Due to changing environmental conditions, the water levels are going down every year. As a considerate citizen, it is our duty to use water wisely. We all blame the government when the municipal and property taxes are increased. This increase is because of the mounting efforts government has to take to provide water to everybody. Wouldn’t it be better if we save and harvest water? We may not realize the importance now but it will be a blessing in the long run.
6. Save our resources
It’s our duty to save our environment and save the natural resources of our country. If we keep exploiting the resources we all might have to face problems in the future. Small things like being mindful of electricity usage, using public transport wherever possible, using renewable energy whenever possible can mean a great deal when efforts of every individual are consolidated.
7. Uphold personal integrity
I have lived outside India for some time. And the most common thing I hear the NRIs saying is “ I don’t want to go back to India”. On asking the reasons the most common reply is – “I cannot adjust to the corruption. Nothing is easy in India. For every small thing, one has to give bribes.” Well, this is a problem which we all need to tackle collectively. For those of us who can afford it, we do give bribes to get our work done quickly. We are equally at fault. May be abstaining from giving bribe seems like a far fetched concept as of today but what about thinking towards it.
8. Think about others
To be united as a nation it is important to think about others. I feel we as Indians are very selfish. We only think about ourselves. I will not blame us completely here. We have to face such fierce competition throughout our life that in the constant act of looking out for ourselves we often tend to lose empathy. If we start thinking about others and give respect to one another many of the feuds that happen on a daily basis can be avoided.
9. Be vigilant
We see a lot of things happening around us when it comes to the security of our nation and its people. Not all of us are capable of defending our nation. But the least we can do is be vigilant. We must be always aware of our surroundings. Even the tiniest amount of vigilance showed by every citizen can come in handy when it is a matter of national security or personal security.
10. Respect Women
A reputation of a nation depends a great deal on how it’s citizens are treated. We hear about crisis and plight of the people of many nations and we develop very negative opinions about such nations. Same holds for India as well. When it comes to treatment and safety of women, India is not considered a preferred choice. The females don’t feel safe in their own country. Can there be a bigger shame for any nation? Of course, not everybody is bad or ill-willed but when something wrong happens to a lady it reflects on the whole community.
11.Try to be an Indian
We first belong to our religion, then to our community, then to our city, then to our state and lastly to our nation. But the actual order should be in reverse. As citizens, we should be united as a nation and not by caste or religion. Our strength lies in unity and not in the regional cracks that appear time and again on several issues.
The concept of patriotism is very different from who we usually perceive. Patriotism is not standing up for the national anthem unwillingly or hating our neighbor countries. Neither is organizing marches/morchas or using violent means for our demands. It is about taking efforts and doing something meaningful for your nation. These Independence Day Resolutions are a small step towards changing our attitude towards small things as this change in our attitude as citizens of India would define the attitude of ‘The Republic of India’.
JAI HIND !!!