India, 1947

August 15, 1947- India officially became independent.

The country in itself as grown so much in the past 68 years, it’s crazy to even imagine what India still has yet to accomplish in the future. A country that has given rise to the most influential individual’s our world has seen including: Swami Vivekanand, Subhas Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Jhansi ki Rani, and many more. Saying I come from an Indian background brings nothing but pride.

1947, the year of bloodshed. I’ve heard stories from my grandparents who were caught in the middle of the chaos between India and Pakistan. Forcefully being kicked out of their home, leaving everything behind and migrating to a new country with nothing but the clothes on their backs. My family was the lucky one of the few that was able to get out alive and together. During the partition, many lives had been taken, many families separated, and many homes destroyed. These are all stories for us, but they are horrific memories for those that lived through it.

Who knew there was light at the end of the tunnel that year after the religious disagreements and separating a country into two. Both India and Pakistan achieved independence only a day apart.

If you travel through India today, you’ll see a part of history in every corner you look. May it be the crumbling castles of the kingsĀ or the statue’s of the martyrs that gave the country a glimmer of hope. It’s a country filled with 28 states, 7 territories, 780 languages, 8 major religions, and 1.252 billion people, there is nothing about India that won’t amaze you.

The colors of Saffron, White, and Green shine bright in the eyes of all Indians because our nations success is our success. The chakra being our hard work around the clock to one day bring pride to our nation. With the courage of a lion, we Indian’s are capable of achieving any goal we make. We are hunters but also peacemakers, the qualities you’ll see passed down from our ancestors. We come from all different backgrounds, but we bleed the same colors. Nothing has stopped us before, and nothing ever well. Humara Bharat Mahan- OUR India is great.

Jai Hind.

 

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