Thursday, June 30, 2011

Color My Independence Day Please!

14 August 1947, Midnight:

"...Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny,
and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge,
not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps,
India will awake to life and freedom..."

Gives me goosebumps every time I read it! I bet it’s the case with you too!

Now picture those moments when Jawaharlal Nehru must have said this…

Millions and millions of people cheering and shouting slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The patriotic fever running high, the nationalistic sentiments too deep, the passion so exhilarating… The entire nation crying and rejoicing as one… A moment long awaited, a dream long cherished was now turning into a reality… A child was about to be born. It was time for “The Real India” to emerge!!!

FREEDOM – draped in the colors of joy, of spirit, of unity, of patriotism, of cheer – was a word that was actually felt and seen that day!

Now tell me, honestly… In what colors did this picture come to your mind?

This is what I got…Black and white stills. Well, I have been fortunate to open my eyes in a free India and hence I am left with my imaginations only. And imaginations are shaped by how we see it since childhood in movies, books, videos, newspapers and television. But why Black and white, I ask? I agree some things look best in Black and White too but
THIS DAY...? The day when we stepped out of darkness to a new era of light, the day we actually understood the meaning of the word freedom, OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY... Just think about it… How can it ever be Black and White?!

(Video Courtesy : You Tube)

Thus, if ever I would want to take a flight in color, I would want all our freedom videos and pictures to appear in color. If not anything else, then I would atleast want my Flag – The Tiranga, the Tricolor – a song of bravery and freedom, a messenger of peace and harmony – painted in its very own symbolic colors of
saffron, blue and green; in not only this video you saw above but wherever and everywhere possible so that the generations to come do not have to imagine it the way I have done. After all, our National Flag is our pride and it is just so inconceivable without its emblematic colors... isn't it?

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Sairam said...

Yes, this should be one of the most important photographs that has to be available in color.
Good point. All the best.

DS said...

@ Sairam
Thanks, this speech is just awesome, it has a magical effect on me each time I see it or even read it.

Someone is Special said...

of course, this has to be.. Let us color it..

Someone is Special

DS said...

@ Someone is Special
Thanks, the most important day of our lives. We are lucky to be breathing in free air today due to the enormous sacrifices of our countrymen.

Satish Mutatkar said...

Very well written DS. JN has been criticised heavily for his (and his daughter's) economic policies but has not got his due for his contribution to a structurally sound democracy and, of course, his brilliant writing. Good to see someone trying to rectify that.

Chitz said...

wow!! independence in color somthing to watch out for.... but do tell me what color do i paint

DS said...

@ Satish
Yes, it is an awe inspiring speech... Thanks for your comment.

DS said...

@ Chitz
Thanks for that comment. It should be fascinating to see it in color.

Ani said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I did get chills. I found you through BPOTW and am following now. -Lola from

DS said...

Hi Lola,
Welcome to my blog. Glad you liked the post.
Do visit often. Off to check yours now!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing friend :-)

N.S.Kirti said...

interesting thought DS. really liked the way you connected lack of COLORS with the idea of Independence.
because honestly, in this day, we see everything in colors na(especially we OVER-imaginative ppl :P) even momentary darkness leaves me blinded and scared... as if i had LOST something.
so yeah, DEFINITELY i would love to see our independence photos and videos in COLOR. that would give a new DIMENSION to the concept of freedom and struggle.
nice writing; as i said, you have a very eloquent style of narration. "a child about to be born" you captured the essence in a splendid way :)
good luck with future writing :)

T F Carthick said...

Very nice, DS. Nothing out of the way but I did read the winning entries in this contest. Don't see much difference between them and yours.