My Dear Brothers & sisters,It is my proud privilege to extend to all of you gathered here today my cordial greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of Independence day celebrations.
It is our duty, on this day, to pay obeisance to our founding fathers who have made it possible for us to stand together to breathe the fresh air of freedom and democracy.
Today we are enjoying the fruits of their labor. They shed their blood, sweat and tears so that we could sleep peacefully and awaken to a new morrow.
The most important lesson that we should learn from them, which has become more relevant today than sixty years ago, is the lesson of tolerance.
Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we develop the spirit of accommodation towards all religions, all nations, and all people.
We should be proud to belong to a nation, which taught the world unity in diversity and universal acceptance.
We believe in the world as one family.
We accept all religions as true.
Our country has sheltered the refugees of many religions and nations.
The affirmative, enduring and energizing values that have been handed down to us by our forefathers need to be passed on to our children if we want them to grow up as good human beings and good citizens of India.
Independence day is a joyous occasion to celebrate the formation of our freedom. It is also the day we need to step back and take a look at ourselves.
We have to take stock of our achievements and failures.
We have to examine closely the instances where we have gone wrong, so that the mistakes that we have committed do not get repeated either by us or by the future generations.
Let us introspect so that history will not accuse us of having failed in our duty.
Our grand children and great-grand children should be able to look back at us and laud us for the work we have done.
We should not give them a reason to hang their heads in shame and humiliation.
We should, in fact, instil in them a sense of pride and a sense of purpose.
They should be proud to proclaim their lineage on the platform of the world.
Loved Indians,Let us celebrate & enjoy the freedom to live
independently in our country Cheerfully,
Helpfully,Hopefully,Peacefullu by remembering
our National Heroes who gave us Freedom after suffering pain & humiliation.
Jai Hind !!