Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, along with Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa pay tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti on Kargil Vijay Diwas, as it rains at India Gate on July 26, 2018 in New Delhi, India. via Getty Images)
India will celebrate its 74th Independence Day on 15 August (Saturday) and all countrymen across the country will rejoice the much cherished freedom of over seven decades which we enjoy as free citizens from the erstwhile Colonial rule in 1947.
Over the last seven decades, India has risen in stature and commands the respect of the world in terms of being a vibrant democracy, an economic giant, potent military power and more importantly a multi-cultural secular republic which embodies the very spirit and ethos of our constitution.
In the 21st century, India envisages a brighter future to achieve many more lofty milestones and add to the glory and saga of its age old legacy. The independence which we cherish today did not come one bit easy as many of our freedom fighters like ‘Mahatama’ Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose to name a few.. rallied mass national movements and shook the very foundations of the mighty British Empire to help the nation attain its freedom.
Post independence, India faced enormous challenge posed by many of its adversaries who waged wars to encroach upon what rightfully belonged to us and endanger the territorial sanctity of our nation.