We, the people of India, greet the people of a great nation, United States of America on their 237th Independence Day, one democracy to the other, one free nation to another. It is indeed a time for rightful celebration on achieving yet another year of being independent and free.
What is true independence? The most profound definition comes, expectedly, from one of the greatest poets, Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. I quote from his “Gitanjali”:
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
Gurudev’s prayer before Indian Independence showed his vision of how the new, awakened India should be. I suppose it applies equally to all the nations of the world.
True independence comes with Learning. Not “Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes”, nor “classroom training” nor “e-learning”. The true education of the mind and the heart and the soul is to learn to love, to be joyous and peaceful, to develop forbearance, nurture kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, in one’s own self, as the Good Book says, leads us unfailingly to true independence.
On this July 4, 2013, CommLab India joins the American people to rededicate itself to the noblest cause of freedom and independence of the peoples of world.