Happy Independence Day India.
Today, Tuesday August 15 2017, marks the 70th year of Independence for India and Pakistan, it also marks the day of partition for India and Pakistan.
Partition and Independence did not come without sacrifice, it was a time of bloodshed, mass migration and violence in the two countries history.
India was part of the British colonies, and at the time that encapsulated all of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
After WWII, Britain could no longer afford to keep hold of their far-flung colonies and so in 1947 India was granted independence and partition.
For many today is a day to be thankful for the sacrifices given by those who fought for India’s independence and so it is a day of immense pride and thankfulness for those in India and Pakistan.
Here are some quotes, messages and thoughts to let you celebrate the day and to thank all of those who wrote it into history:
‘Thousands laid down their lives so that our country is breathing this day -never forget their sacrifice.’
‘Independence is not what you get , it is what you make of it.’
‘Freedom in the mind, faith in the words, pride in our souls… Let’s salute the Nation on this auspicious day.’
‘Honour the patriotism of the people who lost their lives for freedom.’
‘Let’s not take our independence for granted… Let’s do our bit to make India a better place, a legacy to live for and a legacy to die for.’
‘Freedom is never dear at any prices. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?’
‘Independent India now turns to be a progressive India. Thanking all the Freedom Fighters of the Proud Nation.’
‘May the tri-colours fill your life with peace, prosperity and purity.’
Celebrating the Independence of India would not be possible without mentioning the wise words of the leader of the India Independence movement Mahatma Gandhi.
Here are some Gandhi quotes to make you feel proud of India’s Independence and help you reflect on his thought provoking messages:
‘The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night, that day we can say that India has achieved independence.’
‘Sanitation is more important than Independence.’
‘How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master’s bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done.’
‘Complete independence will be complete only to the extent of our approach in practice to truth and nonviolence.’
‘We cannot have real independence unless the people banish the touch-me-not spirit from their hearts.’
‘Mass civil disobedience was for the attainment of independence.’
‘To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness.’
Independence means voluntary restraints and discipline, voluntary acceptance of the rule of law.
Economic equality is the master-key to nonviolent independence.
Complete independence does not mean arrogant isolation or a superior disdain for all help.
Nonviolence is the means, the end for everyone is complete independence.