While the nation is free, we need to look within ourselves and ask if we are really independent. Are we free from thoughts of discrimination? Are we free from judgmental opinions? Are we free from gender bias?
We have always respected the families who garnered courage to send their brave ones to protect our nation. While we live in peace, these families have a deeper feeling of pride and fear every moment their loved ones are at the battle field. It’s a proud moment when we see an army officer, as our hearts swell with pride. Today we have few proud daughters and sisters who have shared their lovely moments and have defined what true Independence is according to them.
Sana Dua – Femina Miss India United Continents 2017
My father- Retd Lt. Colonel A.S.Dua always says to me-
‘I will always advise but never impose’. That is independence to me. Today, independence is not just political freedom but to be devoid of control the society exercises on us too.Independence to me is to be able to speak and act without fear of judgment. It is to be able to decide for myself, it is to be able to wear what I wish to; it is to be able to exercise equal rights as men, and to be able to voice my opinions without fearing ‘log kya kahenge’. We have fought battles and lost families to achieve independence for our country, and we need to stand for each other, with each other to be truly independent and united!
Neha Jaiswal – LIVA Miss Diva 2020 Runner-up
Neha, who is the proud sister of Lieutenant (Lt.) Ankit Jaiswal says, “I hear my brother’s voice break due to cold, calling from a place where even breathing is a task.
I look at my friends listening in awe, as to how, back in the day, my dad and his team disposed of a live explosive device placed in a crowded market.
It may amaze some of us, may inspire some. But for us, defense families, it is a reminder of the cost of independence that we enjoy.
‘Independence’ has always taken a new meaning with each passing generation. Once it was independence from a ruler, then independence to attain economic stability, later independence from irrelevant age-old practices and today, independence to me, means the freedom of choice, opinions and thought.
In a world where the easiest thing to do is to oppose and criticize, choose to muster the courage it takes to accept our differences in choice, identities, ethnicity, appearance, beliefs, religion and celebrate them, to make way for a more accepting world, independent of judgment or fear of expression.”
Meenakshi Chaudhary – Miss Grand International 2018 – 1st Runner-up
Meenakshi’s father, B. R. Chaudhary was a Colonel in the Indian army; today she has defined the most relevant kind of Independence we all need to have.
“Independence in the simplest form means owing your life to no one else but you, it is the freedom of choice that you are given, it is the freedom of decision making, it is the freedom of speech, the freedom of financial independence. All of that really counts in making you independent in all possible ways.
Our ancestors have fought the battle, they gave up their life in order to give us this life wherein we owe our life to no one else, we owe our choices to no one but just us, and that to me is independence,” she said.
I am proud to be born into a family which is at the forefront of protecting the citizens of the nation.
We celebrate this day with faith and dedication to the motherland and I remember vividly that every day on this day we unfurl the flag and pay our respects.
It’s a matter of great pride for us and instills the feeling of freedom and bonhomie.”
This independence the message she shares with us is to free ourselves of the cruel expectation of the world, and ourselves!
While we all feel chained by the ongoing pandemic, let’s not be disheartened, we shall overcome this too.
Wishing each one of you HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!