A Letter to all Indians

Independence Day

Congratulations my fellow Indian, we are celebrating yet another Independence Day, just as we did for the last 67 times! I am just as happy and proud as you to live in this free nation. Though there are many issues which makes me concerned for my nation, I am still proud that we stand together as Indians, like a magical unity which binds our spectrum of languages, religions and cultures. Which other country can be like us? We know a little sensitive issue can test our secularism, but we have proved everyone that no one can break our unity in diversity. Yes there were bitter moments of massacres and riots, bloodsheddings had occur. But we have surpassed the differences. That bonding is always there in us. That brotherhood feeling of our mother India has always been there in us. We are a young democracy, we do not have centuries of history after Independence, we have challenges to overcome, we keep progressing and if we can grab the missing links, we can add a catalyst to our development. Hope this may help…

Look at the history back… As a new democracy we had so many challenges piled up before us like unemployment, healthcare issues, economy, infrastructure, education, etc. Now look where we stand! We made significant progress in every possible field and we do have surveys which projects us as a super power nation of the world in the future. Answer frankly, do we really deserve that or what is the reality? How will we call ourselves a super power, when we internally we are still corrupt and selfish? Our politicians are inaccessible to us once they are in power, then how can we expect a participative democracy?

Look at the history back… What did the British done to us? Are we having that rage against them now? Time heals every bitter moment of the past. Now our team is playing cricket with them and we are sitting back at home to enjoy the game. That is the way it my dear friends. We must forget, forgive and let go the past. But we are still considering Pakistan as our enemy country! Are they our enemies? No, 68 years before they were our brothers who lived with us. When we can accept the British, why are we brothers India and Pakistan still fighting with each other? Why can we accept each other?

Look at the history back… Population is a field where we are progressing continuously and thanks to that, now this country one of the biggest market place and largest man-power providers! There is no country in this world that has no Indians and the products from every country is available in India.

Is it something to cheer about or worried? Well we need to do the both.

Our population is pushing our agriculture into depletion mode. Our younger generation cares least about agriculture as they started to believe urbanisation is the sign of progress. If we look at the natural resources of India before Independence and after Independence, we have lost many than conserving them!

What do we lack? Talent? Skills? Leadership? Good Government? Effective Administration? Or what?

While we try to discuss all these questions of the negative issues like corruption, women freedom, blah blah… we also need to accept that amid of all these chaos, we have progressed! Our women are getting stronger, raising their voice and making their presence felt in every field. In space research and technologies we are growing futuristic. We can show many examples like GDP data, to show that we have progressed…

Yes. We have progressed but slowly, a rate which can be better by many folds. What stopped us? The following Three Alarming issues

Lack of Unity towards collective Progress and equal Justice

When it comes to our river waters, we are still divided as states to share the water. We act selfish to keep the water with us and let people in the other state to die! Be it river Cauvery, Krishna, Godavari or Narmada… we are still fighting over river water! Why we do not realize it’s all about sharing?

We knew that very well that our people speak many languages, has many cultures, we knew that together we flourish, alone we perish. In fact, there is no republic union in this world as diversified as India, we passed 68 years so proud as a single nation! Then why we are not feeling free to allow people from another state to work in our state, aren’t they Indians! Do not you feel that it looks silly every time when some morons initiate interstate conflicts and we fight one another?  We are still calling them ‘Tamilnadu’ fishermen (why aren’t they Indians?) and solving their problem for decades for our political benefits.

In this 67 years we witnessed many religious riots and massacres, we killed one another. Still when we listen our national anthem on Independence day, we drop every grudge behind and get united as Indians. Even our National flag tells us who we are, we are united. Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, who else are not there in our country. Imagine an India which never fights in the name of religions anymore!

Lack of Social Discipline and Social Responsibility

The way we behave when no one is there to monitor us, shows our true behaviour. Look at our parliament and state assemblies. While the whole country watches our politicians never bothers to shout, break out like freaks and behave absurd. We are seeing this show for decades. When will we learn that the place represents the whole country and determines the fate of the country deserves some code of conduct? This parliamentary behaviour is just an example of how we behave in every street of India. Even the students of grade 3 would behave in good manners than our politicians in parliament.

We crib about corruption all the time, we blame others as a reason for us being corrupt. We knew that they won’t stop and they knew it we don’t stop and we are continuing pointing our fingers on others and progressing on corruption. Right from a petty shop, administrative officers, private companies, and public companies to politicians we have shortcuts for making anything possible via money. How we are going to stop this when we have no starting or ending point for corruption?

Our national media makes good money and hit good TRP ratings whenever a scam or a rape case pops up. Thanks to our citizens, we love sensational issues! We would have endless debates on news channels, for what sake we do have debates when it can provoke no solution to any issue? Just for making us watch, eat some pop corn, and debate with our friends. Let’s keep debating.

Everything has money in it. Inevitable! But there are few things which needs passion first, more than money. This is about our humongous man power in billions. The second populous nation of the world has a fewer talents in sports! Forget Cricket. We are celebrating 5th spot on common wealth games, a single medal in Olympics. Don’t we deserve more? Aren’t there enough talents? Not every sport will create revenue like cricket or other in India. Unless we invest in grooming the talents we can never shine! When our govt. is going to realize this and create a single sports and games board with shared income, so that bigger money-power games like cricket could support other games?

We need to be humans first, then we will win as Indians

What is real progress? Can we be truly Independent?

No country in the world can survive independently, without the help of other nations. We can only co-exist. We need freedom of co-existence. We need to think beyond our border lines. We need to think beyond just being an Indian! We need to think as humans. Selfishness is the beginning of all the tyrannies of humanity.

What is the point in making our home number one, while our neighbours suffer? What is the point in lighting our home with power 24×7 when our neighbours dwell in darkness? This is what happens when a single nation try to become selfishly rich and dominant over others.

In a future we all need to unify as a single earth! Stand together for saving our natural resources, for saving other lives on the earth. There won’t be any borders and countries. By that time, we can carry our roots as Indians, we can say with pride that how we stood together as Indians, as example for unity in diversity. Being together as Indians will help us to be together as humans in tomorrow.

Let the change begin in you. Let the change begin in ourselves. Let the change begin in our generation. Happy Independence Day!

- Din


Know : Independence Days of Countries & From whom they got it



Courtesy and Source : Wikipedia

Country Date Year Independence Event
 Abkhazia July 4 1993 De facto independence from Georgia in 1993. Officially declared as such in 1999. (Only partially recognized.) End of the 1992-1993 War in Abkhazia; also known as “liberation day”.
 Afghanistan August 19 1919 Independence from the United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919. Afghan Independence Day
 Albania November 28 1912 Declared by Ismail Qemali in 1912 and signalled the end of five centuries of Ottoman rule. Dita e Pavarësisë
 Algeria July 5 1962 Independence from France in 1962.  
 Angola November 11 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.  
 Antigua and Barbuda November 1 1981 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.  
 Argentina July 9 1816 Independence declared from the Spanish Empire in 1816.  
 Armenia May 28 1918 Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire in 1918.  
 Armenia September 21 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. National Day
 Austria October 26 1955 Restoration of sovereignty in 1955. National Day
 Azerbaijan May 28 1918 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918 and declaration of the Republic Republic Day
 Azerbaijan October 18 1991 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991 Independence Day
 Bahamas July 10 1973 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.  
 Bahrain August 15 1971 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971 Bahrain Independence Day
 Bangladesh March 26 1971 Independence was declared from Pakistan and this led to a nine-month war ending on December 16, 1971. Independence Day of Bangladesh
 Barbados November 30 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.  
 Belarus July 3 1944 The liberation of Minsk after several years of German occupation in 1944.  
 Belgium July 21 1831 Independence from the Netherlands (Belgian revolution) on October 4, 1830. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians on July 21, 1831. National Day
 Belize September 21 1981 Independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981. September Celebrations
 Benin August 1 1960 Independence from France in 1969.  
 Bolivia August 6 1825 Independence from Spain in 1825.  
 Bosnia and Herzegovina March 1 1992 Independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992. Independence Day (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 Botswana September 30 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.  
 Brazil September 7 1822 Independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822. Recognized on August 29, 1825. Independence Day (Brazil)
 Brunei January 1 1984 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. National Day celebrations are held on February 23.  
 Bulgaria September 22 1908 Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908.  
 Burkina Faso August 5 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Burma January 4 1948 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. Independence Day (Burma)
 Burundi July 1 1962 Independence from Belgium in 1962.  
 Cambodia November 9 1953 Independence from France in 1953  
 Cameroon January 1 1960 Independence from France and United Kingdom in 1960.  
 Cape Verde July 5 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.  
 Central African Republic August 13 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Chad August 11 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Chile February 12 and September 18 1810 Declared Independence from Spain on that date in 1810. Actually, Chileans celebrate the date of the first Government Junta, September 18. This date was not recognized as such until April 25, 1844.  
 Colombia July 20 and August 7 1810 Independence from Spain in 1810.  
 Comoros July 6 1975 Independence from France in 1975.  
 Congo, Democratic Republic of the June 30 1960 Independence from Belgium in 1960.  
 Congo, Republic of the August 15 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Costa Rica September 15 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Croatia October 8 1991 Independence from SFR Yugoslavia in 1991. Independence Day (Croatia)
 Cuba May 20 1902 Independence from the United States in 1902.  
 Cyprus October 1 1960 Independence from the United Kingdom on August 16, 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on October 1.  
 Czech Republic October 28 1918 As Czechoslovakia, marking independence from Austria-Hungary on October 28, 1918.  
 Czech Republic January 1 1993 As the Czech Republic after the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993.  
 Djibouti June 27 1977 Independence from France in 1977.  
 Dominica November 3 1978 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.  
 Dominican Republic December 1 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Dominican Republic February 27 1844 Independence re-declared from Haiti in 1844, after a 22-year occupation.  
 East Timor May 20 2002 Independence from Portugal in 2002 (recognition, East Timor was invaded by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, officially it never ceased to be considered as administrated by Portugal).  
 Ecuador August 10 1809 Proclaimed independence from Spain on August 10, 1809, but failed with the execution of all the conspirators of the movement on August 2, 1810.  
 Ecuador May 24 1822 Independence finally occurred on May 24, 1822 at theBattle of Pichincha.  
 El Salvador September 15 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Equatorial Guinea October 12 1968 Independence from Spain in 1968.  
 Eritrea May 24 1993 Independence from Ethiopia in 1993. Independence Day (Eritrea)
 Estonia February 24 1918 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918.  
 Estonia August 20 1991 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991 Independence Day (Estonia)
 Fiji October 10 1970 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1970.  
 Finland December 6 1917 Independence from Russia in 1917. Recognized on January 4, 1918. Independence Day (Finland)
 Gabon August 17 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Gambia, The February 18 1965 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.  
 Georgia May 26 1918 Day of First Republic in 1918.  
 Georgia April 9 1991 Independence from USSR in 1991.  
 Ghana March 6 1957 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.  
 Greece March 25 1821 Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire in 1821. Start of the Greek War of Independence  
 Grenada February 7 1974 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1974.  
 Guatemala September 15 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Guinea October 2 1958 Independence from France in 1958.  
 Guinea-Bissau September 24 1973 Declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973.  
 Guyana May 26 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.  
 Haiti January 1 1804 Declaration of independence from France in 1804.  
 Honduras September 15 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Hungary March 15 1848 Memorial day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. National Day
 Iceland December 1 1918 Independence from Kingdom of Denmark in 1918.  
 India August 15 1947 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. Independence Day (India)
 Indonesia August 17 1945 Declaration of Independence day (Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan R.I.) from the Netherlands on August 17, 1945. The Netherlands acknowledged Indonesian independence and sovereignty in 1949. The Dutch government formally acknowledged August 17, 1945 as the only true date of Indonesian Independence in 2008[2]  
 Iraq October 3 1932 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1932.  
 Ireland, Republic of April 24 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on April 24, 1916. Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.  
 Israel Iyar 5
(On or between April 15 and May 15, depending on the Hebrew calendar).
1948 (Yom Ha’atzmaut) Independence from the British Mandate for Palestine, which took place on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar). Yom Ha’atzmaut is celebrated on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nearest to 5 Iyar, so it occurs between 3 and 6 Iyar each year; this means that the holiday can fall any time between and including April 15 and May 15, according to theGregorian calendar. Yom Ha’atzmaut
 Ivory Coast August 7 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Jamaica August 6 1962 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.  
 Japan April 28 1952 Independence from the United States in 1952.  
 Jordan May 25 1946 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946.  
 Kazakhstan December 16 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.  
 Kenya December 12 1963 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.  
 Korea, North September 9 1948 Founding of the DPRK in 1948.  
 Korea, South August 15 1945 (Gwangbokjeol) Independence from Japan in 1945. (Independence from Japan was declared on March 1, 1919. August 15, 1945 is the official Liberation Day of Korea.)  
 Kosovo, Republic of February 17 2008 Independence from Serbia in 2008. (Partially recognized. Not a member of the United Nations.  
 Kuwait February 25 1961 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.  
 Kyrgyzstan August 31 1991 Independence from USSR in 1991.  
 Laos October 22 1953 Independence from France on October 22, 1953.  
 Latvia November 18 1918 Independence from Russia on November 18, 1918.  
 Latvia May 4 1990 Restoration of independence from Soviet Union on May 4, 1990  
 Lebanon November 22 1943 Independence from France in 1943.  
 Lesotho October 4 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.  
 Liberia July 26 1847 Independence from the American Colonization Society in 1847.  
 Libya December 24 1951 Independence from Italy on December 24, 1951.  
 Lithuania February 16 1918 Act of Independence of Lithuania: Independence from theRussian and German Empires in February 1918  
 Lithuania March 11 1990 Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania: independence from the Soviet Union in March 1990.  
 Macedonia, Republic of September 8 1991 (Den na nezavisnosta or Ден на независноста) Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.  
 Madagascar June 26 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Malawi July 6 1964 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.  
 Malaysia August 31 1957 (Hari Merdeka) Independence of the Federation of Malayafrom the United Kingdom in 1957.  
 Malaysia September 16 1963 (Hari Malaysia) Formation of Malaysia from the Federation of MalayaNorth Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak andSingapore.  
 Maldives July 26 1965 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.  
 Mali September 22 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Malta September 21 1964 (Independence Day (Malta)) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.  
 Mauritius March 12 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.  
 Mexico September 16 1810 (Grito de Dolores) Independence from Spain declared in 1810. Recognized on September 27, 1821.  
 Moldova August 27 1991 (Independence DayDeclaration of Independence from theSoviet Union in 1991. National Day
 Mongolia December 29 1911 Independence from the Qing Dynasty in 1911.However, the newly established Mongolian government was too weak to resist the occupation of the Republic of China in 1919 and later White Russia in early 1921. After ousting Roman von Ungern-Sternberg‘s forces, the new communist government was officially established on June 11, 1921
 Montenegro May 21 2006 Independence from State union with Serbia, in 2006.  
 Morocco November 18 1956 Independence from France and Spain in 1956  
 Mozambique June 25 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975  
 Nagorno-Karabakh September 2 1991 Independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. De facto independent. National Day
 Namibia March 21 1990 Independence from South African mandate in 1990  
 Nauru January 31 1968 Independence from AustraliaNew Zealand and the United Kingdom in 1968.  
 Netherlands May 5 1945 (Bevrijdingsdag) Liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945 National Day
 Nicaragua September 15 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Niger August 3 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Nigeria October 1 1960 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1960.  
 Northern Cyprus September 2 1983 Declaration of independence from the Republic of Cyprusin 1983. (Partially recognised)  
 Pakistan August 14 1947 Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, August 14, 1947. Youm-e-Azadi
 Panama November 28 1821 Independence from Spain 1821.  
 Panama November 3 1903 Panama was member of the “Gran Colombia” until 1903. The 1903 separation from Colombia is celebrated as an official holiday day on November 3.  
 Papua New Guinea September 16 1975 Independence from Australia of the former Territory of Papua and New Guinea in 1975.  
 Paraguay May 14 1811 (Día de Independencia) Independence from Spain in 1811.  
 Peru July 28 1821 (Fiestas Patrias)Independence from Spain in 1821.  
 Philippines June 12 1898 Commemorates 1898 declaration by Emilio Aguinaldoduring the Philippine Revolution against Spain. The Republic of the Philippines achieved self-rule from the United Stateson July 4, 1946, and celebrated July 4 as Independence Day until 1964.
Araw ng Kalayaan
 Poland November 11 1918 Restoration of Poland’s independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by RussiaPrussia, and Austria. Święto Niepodległości
 Portugal December 1 1640 The country’s original independence (from the Kingdom of León) was recognized on October 5, 1143. That day is a holiday in Portugal, but for a different reason. (Implantation of the Republic, or Republic Day. Event of 1910.) Note that none of these events are similar to today’s declarations or recognition of independence as these are in fact the recognition of the rule of a king to the land. Portugal existed as a separate entity before 1143 and during the union with Spain between 1580 and 1640. 1640 restoration of Portuguese independence fromIberian Union withSpain.
 Romania May 9 1877 Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877 (see theRomanian War of Independence).  
 Rwanda July 1 1962 Independence from Belgium in 1962.  
 Saint Kitts and Nevis September 19 1983 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.  
 Saint Lucia February 22 1979 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979. Independence Day
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines October 27 1979 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979.  
 Samoa January 1 1962 Independence from New Zealand in 1962.  
 São Tomé and Príncipe July 12 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.  
 Senegal April 4 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Serbia February 15 1804 Independence from Ottoman Empire in 1804.  
 Seychelles June 29 1976 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.  
 Sierra Leone April 27 1961 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.  
 Singapore August 9 1965 Marks city-state‘s secession/expulsion from the Malaysian Federation in 1965. National Day (Singapore)
 Slovakia July 17 1992 Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a remembrance day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).  
 Slovenia December 26 and June 25 1990 (Independence and Unity Day) Date of the release of the official results of the independence plebiscite in 1990, confirming secession from Yugoslavia. (Statehood Day) Declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.  
 Solomon Islands July 7 1978 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.  
 Somalia July 1 1960 Union of the Trust Territory of Somalia (former Italian Somaliland) and State of Somaliland (former British Somaliland) to form the Somali Republic. Event annually commemorated on Independence Day.  
 South Africa December 11 1931 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1931. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on May 31, 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on May 31, 1961 under minority rule during Apartheid and gained full independence under majority rule in 1994.  
 South Sudan July 9 2011 Independence from Sudan in 2011.  
 Sri Lanka February 4 1948 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. Independence Day (Sri Lanka)
 Sudan January 1 1956 Independence from Egypt and the United Kingdom in 1956.  
 Suriname November 25 1975 Independence from the Netherlands in 1975.  
 Swaziland September 6 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.  
 Sweden June 6 1523 (National Day of Sweden) celebrates the election of KingGustav Vasa in 1523 and the new constitutions in 1809 and 1974.  
  Switzerland August 1 1291 (Swiss National Day) Alliance against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291.  
 Syria April 17 1946 (Evacuation Day) End of the French Mandate of Syria in 1946  
 Tajikistan September 9 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.  
 Tanzania December 9 1961 Independence of Tanganyika from the United Kingdom in 1961.  
 Togo April 27 1960 Independence from France in 1960.  
 Tibet February 13 1913 Independence from China in 1913. Later invaded in October 1950 and currently occupied.  
 Tonga June 4 1970 Termination of protectorate status under the United Kingdom in 1970.  
 Trinidad and Tobago August 31 1962 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.  
 Tunisia March 20 1956 Independence from France in 1956.  
 Turkmenistan October 27 1991 Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Independence Day (Turkmenistan)  
 Ukraine August 24 1991 Declaration of Independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991. Independence Day of Ukraine
 Ukraine January 22 1919 Unification of Ukraine on January 22, 1919.
Day of Unity of Ukraine
 United Arab Emirates December 2 1971 (National Day) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.  
 United States July 4 1776 (Fourth of JulyDeclaration of Independence from theKingdom of Great Britain (now the United Kingdom) in 1776. Independence Day (United States)
 Uruguay August 25 1825 (Declaratoria de la Independencia) Declaration of independence from Brazil in 1825.  
 Uzbekistan September 1 1991 Independence from USSR in 1991.  
 Vanuatu July 30 1980 Independence from the United Kingdom and France in 1980.  
 Venezuela July 5 1811 Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.  
 Vietnam September 2 1945 Proclamation of independence from Japan and France in 1945. Independence Day (Vietnam)
 Yemen November 30 1967 South Yemen Declaration of independence from the United Kingdom in 1967.  
 Zambia October 24 1964 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.  
 Zimbabwe April 18 1980 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.