No Nation Is Perfect, It Needs To Be Made Perfect
Happy Republic Day.
Today was one of the Historic day for Indian people, not because Mr. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi received a grand welcome in America, but because he rejuvenated the dreams of achieving greatness of Indian heritage & re-affirmed his vision of ‘United’ India. But that’s not this post about, there would be many who will pen down their thoughts on that, both optimistic & pessimistically.
During his speech Mr. Prime Minister touched upon a point that was going around in my thoughts for quite a while. He said, an high level executive committee is formed to scrap out Indian laws that are almost irrelevant in today’s world. Indeed an very very positive step towards bringing ‘Good Governance’. However, I would not like him to stop just as removing those laws, I want him to make necessary changes to law making process, so as to ensure we don’t need similar exercise in future. Here is what I think of & obviously, the well educated can take it forward to see the light of day in most appropriate manner.
These are mere few thoughts that came to my mind and I believe will bring lot of relevance to Individual’s life, if they are being implemented after a healthy debate & discussion. May not all can go along right at the start, but there is a plan, plan to expire LAW so that more relevant practices can take its place to keep pace with ever evolving society & more importantly an Individual.
If you agree with even a single point mentioned above, share it on Facebook, Tweeter, your Blog or any other place, but spread the word around, ‘BE THE CHANGE’.
One of the less known and very traditional ceremony of India’s Republic Day celebration is called ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony. Beating Retreat ceremony marks official completion of Republic Day celebrations and this ceremony takes place on January 29, three days after Republic Day, January 26.
I have never attended this ceremony, but became aware of it during 2011 when they changes were made to this traditional ceremony and an official circular was released. According to Wikipedia and other news articles, below is the glimpse of what is being performed during this ceremony.
– Source: Wikipedia Picture Credit: Anonymous on internet
The ceremony starts by the massed bands of the three services marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes like Colonel Bogey March, Sons of the Brave and Qadam Qadam Badaye Ja. The Fanfare by buglers then is followed by the bands of the Indian Army marching forward in quick time, then breaking into slow time, then by the ‘compound march’ involving movements to form intricate and beautiful patterns. The massed military bands, again, breaks into quick time and goes back to the farthest end of Raisina Hills. Then the Pipes and Drums of the Indian Army play traditional Scottish tunes and Indian tunes like “Gurkha Brigade”, Neer’s “Sagar Samraat” and “Chaandni” . This band also does a compound march and formation numbers. The last bands to perform are the combined bands of the Navy and the Air Force. This part of the ceremony ends with their compound march.
The three band contingents march forward and take position close to the President’s seat. The drummers, mostly from the pipe bands, give a solo performance, known as the Drummer’s Call. A regular feature of this pageant is the last tune played before the Retreat, when the National Flag is lowered. The chimes made by the tubular bells, placed quite at a distance, creates a mesmerizing ambiance. This is followed by the bugle call for Retreat by the buglers, and all the flags are slowly brought down. The band master then marches to the President and requests permission to take the bands away, and informs that the closing ceremony is now complete. The bands march back playing a popular martial tune and the official march of the Armed Forces, Saare Jahan Se Achcha.
As soon as the bands cross Raisina Hills a spectacular illumination display is set up on the North and South Blocks of the Parliament building. As the PBG’s horse mounted troops arrive back in after the bands leave, the band stops as another band is stationed to play the National Anthem again as the President receives the final National Salute for the day by the PBG, before the President and the PBG depart with the bands.
With Satya Nadella being elevated to Microsoft CEO, social & mobile media flooded with messages congratulating we as Indians. Unlike others we as nation are always happy to take pride of achievements of PIO’s even though they have never endorsed us as part of their life.
When on some of the channels I asked the tough questions, I was not seen with good eye, in fact one of the person went to extent of labeling me of ‘jealousy’ for Satya & being unpatriotic. Guys give it a break, neither I was anywhere near as competition to Satya to Jealous of him and if asking tough questions related to country’s ‘Poor’ system, I am happy to be ‘unpatriotic’.
Today came across one fine article from firstpost.com on this subject and can’t resist to share it with all… Though some of the metaphors are not fully subscribing to my thoughts, it would really an eye-opener for one who doesn’t see the world with blind-eye.
Is the appointment of Satya Nadella a feather in India’s cap or a slap in the face for the Indian system?
While Indian newspapers were over the moon about Nadella’s elevation, with some justification, there is another side to the story we need to consider: why is it that India’s tech and other geniuses flower only in the US or Silicon Valley?
Why is it that every India-origin person to win a Nobel after independence in the sciences is not an Indian citizen any more? Hargobind Khurana won the prize for medicine in 1968, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar for physics in 1983 and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan for chemistry in 2009. All of them flowered only because they left India, and not because they were Indians per se. They left India behind.
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