A Tribute to the Mother of a Billion Souls – by Sumangala Bhattacharya08/08/2012
A Tribute to the Mother of a Billion Souls
We love our country. No matter how much it frustrates us to see it getting bogged down by the challenges we have put in its way. Yes ‘we’ because they who corrupt, cheat, kill the innocent, believe in inhuman traditions, put bigger and apparently unsurpassable obstacles on the way of our and our country’s progress and makes us feel ashamed every now and then; and those who feel its pointless to ponder about these issues are all among us, the so called ‘Indians’ – our brothers.
We Indians have learned from our very childhood that the most amazing thing about India is its ‘unity in diversity’. Before we became independent from the British rule, our one and only goal was to get rid of the British and to be able to hold our heads straight and high, and say ‘We are Indians, we are united, and we are free’. Invisibly enough though, from 15th August 1947, Indians started to fight a new enemy, one that lies within. Listing the vices of our Indian society is a tiring affair, starting from the sin of female feticide, to the inhuman practice of casteism in the name of traditions, to extortion of ordinary people at every step of life, to denial of justice to common men and woman. Indians, merciless and ignorant of the pain they cause to their fellow Indians.
But India is great. It has produced brave children, those who stand alone with nothing but sheer will; strong, steady and focused in achieving the India we all dream of.
One such fighter is a lady, a daughter India is proud of. She was gang raped by 8 men when she was 16. She has dedicated her life to rescue and rehabilitate innocent children and women who are abducted or lured with the possibility of job opportunities and then forced to become prostitutes. We salute such acts of bravery. The youngest unwilling prostitute rescued from the brothels of our country was three and a half years old. Such mindboggling facts make us wonder about the society we have built and the society we will leave our children and grandchildren in. Things must change!
See her efforts and challenges in this link http://www.satyamevjayate.in/issue13/videos/uBc9s2R7mJs/
People who have lost their loved ones know what it is to loose them, and the unimaginable pain of loosing them to our policy of ‘no money, no treatment’ is probably the fate of millions of poor Indians. No escape, no hope. This brings us to our next freedom fighter of honour: an old lady, who lost her husband in a hospital. There he was left to die untreated, because she did not have any money. That day, penniless as she was, she decided to make a hospital for the poor. She laboured hard as a servant, collected plastics from the garbage, but could not earn enough to survive with her child. So she took the heart-wrenching decision of sending her son to an orphanage. The son grew up to become a doctor and to fulfill his mother’s dream, established a hospital that gives free medical care to the poor. It sounds like a fairytale, yes it is probably one, but here magic is no miracle. The making of this magic took pain, tears, extreme sacrifice, rock hard will, and the life of a father and a husband.
To see what they have achieved for us have a look here http://www.satyamevjayate.in/issue13/videos/PvUYIhqDsbs/
We appeal to all Indians in Aarhus to come forward and support one or both of these causes and the brave freedom fighters of today who relentlessly toil with iron determination to make our dream of a free India come true. On the verge of the 66th year of Independence, let’s take a vow; as Indian citizens, as India-lovers and as sons and daughters of our Motherland that we will take India forward, taking one step at a time, no matter how big or small, but in the right direction. We will not let vices consume our humanity, we will not let greed take over our virtues and we will stand strong for what is right and just….lets spread the light! Jai Hind!