“Poor is a Nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the Nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honour them!- Cicero
Our Constitution reads -‘We the people of India, that is Bharat’.
Our History and our Gurus tell us that the concept of Sanatana Dharma led to India / Bharat being a country with a common Dharmic culture, even if with some diverse practices and customs, from the early times of the Rig-Veda (about 60,000 plus years ago ) and even to this day, from the Himalayas to the peninsular tip washed by the three seas and was thus easily, geographically and culturally recognized as Bharat, where the mother culture of BHARATA prevailed. Where the three syllables of the word BHARAT convey a meaning. ‘ BHA’ or our perception of the Cosmos/Universe through our senses, which allowed recognition of the ‘RA’ or Raga/ music of the spheres and of ‘Ta’ or Tal, the rhythm of it ALL, to follow and live by.
Many were named Bharat after this culture. However history tells us that Raja Bharat, most probably the son of Raja Dushyant and Shakuntla, himself named after the culture, who during his reign, had established his sway and spread this culture of BHARATA across the land and thus can be considered to be the real ‘Father of Bharat Varsha, the Nation’
– To the Father of our Nation! – Raja Bharat.
History also tells us that Freedom is never given to any Country, it is always taken.
It was the FIRST Prime Minister of India, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who had challenged the British. He had not only formed the Azad Hind Government in exile with himself as the Prime Minister on 21st. October 1943, but also established a Bank, issued currency, stamps and published Newspapers in eight regional languages. He also incorporated and maintained the ‘Azad Hind’ force, formed a year earlier by General Mohan Singh Deb, as the Indian National Army with its slogan ‘Jai Hind’, which had hoisted the Azad Hind Flag in the North-East of our Country and over the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and fought the British army. His Government was then recognized by some 11 countries.
He is also today recognized as the one who compelled the Imperialist British to recognize the peril from the demobbed INA and the other World War veterans in India, and at the first sign of mutiny of the Indian Sailors and Soldiers in 1946, to accept that the time had come to move out of India, especially as they themselves in their home country were living on ‘rations’ and on the benevolence of the Americans, .
Of course the British needed to save face and and gain time to adjust the trade imbalance and hence claimed that this was done willingly by them and gave credit to Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi even as they partitioned the Country on religious grounds and left the other Princely States to decide for themselves, hoping that India would breakup. Even as on 15 August 1947,as one third of the Country was partitioned as Pakistan, another third, consisting of Hyderabad, Junagadh, J&K and a few smaller Principalities were not incorporated into India. Also the Governor General was an appointee of the British Majesty, who in turn appointed the so called Prime Minister of India and India remained a British Dominion till 26 January 1950. The truly elected Indian Government was only sworn in in 1952, after the country’s first election. It is therefore now the time to recognize the true liberator and the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind/ India / Bharat!
– To the First Prime Minister of Azad Hind /India /Bharat !
– Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose!
History again tells us that when the moment arrives the Man will also arrive, and so at that crucial moment, came Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who rallied all these Princely states and cemented them into what we today call India / Bharat. It therefore becomes our duty to recognize him as the ‘Iron Man of India’ and the representative of the ‘Unity of India / Bharat’.
– To the Iron Man and Unifier of India / Bharat!
– Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel!
— Also too, to all those;
– who had, over the many millennia, made ’Bharat’- our Country, the most knowledgeable, prosperous and envied country in the world; and to the many other;
‘Unknown Heroes’ –
who had, over the centuries of invasions and foreign rule, struggled to keep alive our culture, our ancient history and knowledge and, finally also to the many;
– who fought valiantly to protect our citizens from the rapacity of the foreign, barbaric invaders and finally succeeded in freeing our country from the foreign, colonial Imperialists.
JAI BHARAT! -JAI HIND!