It’s that time of the year when freedom becomes the national anthem. With Independence Day coming up this weekend, can there be a better time to ask our readers what’s their idea of the spirit of freedom? We at Hindustan Times believe that the spirit of freedom is as much about our rights as our responsibilities towards the nation. Independence Day is not just another holiday. It’s an occasion to remind ourselves and resolve to be responsible citizens for we have the right to demand but duties to fulfil before that. It’s not about asking what is there in freedom for me. Rather, it’s about asking ourselves what we can do for our society and country.
Free to lead
Building a progressive and robust India is every citizen’s responsibility. It could start from small acts such as keeping our surroundings clean, following traffic rules, refusing to bribe or be bribed, standing in queue and developing tolerance towards others despite differences. Rather than waiting for our leaders to show us the way, we, the citizens, could identify the challenges our country faces whether it is corruption, poverty, communal or caste bias and resolve to counter them in our own little way. Yes, for a young nation such as ours where the youth are the biggest hope, strength and resource, it is time to stop pointing fingers at the wrongs that abound and lead by example.
Living by the ideals our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for would be the true tribute to them. That would mean celebrating Independence Day in the true spirit of freedom.
You can send in your response and suggestions in not more than 100 words with your contact information and high-resolution photograph by August 14 (Friday) to firstname.lastname@example.org