India's Independence Day
"This is the Independence of light, when each of us looks with anticipation
towards that which is good and wonderful and joyful. Our
congratulations to India" says a local Nepali woman Radhika in
"Indian people, students and workers are in the street celebrating the
Independence day. Since some years, economic prospects such as
employment, business, investment all are growing in India. I think
much of India's development. Her progress, development towards her
people and creative talents have really touched and moved me. I always pray for her success," she further added.
India is celebrating its independence day with hoisting of the national flag and parades. India gained freedom from British rule in 1947. Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh said last year "All countries in our region must recognise that terrorism anywhere is a threat to peace and prosperity everywhere. It must be confronted with our united efforts. There is a large constituency for peace and shared prosperity among our people and we must work together to build on that," he said.
A local Nepali teacher Chiranjibi said "democracy, nationalism,
politics, and environment are the subject of being more progressive.
Only development and democracy can tell the people about the right
path that they have known or experienced. What we can do is to watch,
observe, enjoy and lead ourselves into the right path on development,
freedom and peace. I congratulate to Indian people," he said.
He further stated "I request to all my Indian friends please keep
yourself always in comfort. In the world, there is nothing important
for you rather than your nation, your identity and your way of life.
Please try to keep it always in harmony and joy. Success and failure
are the relative terms of human existence and both are equally
important to us. It is true that Indian people are able to progress
because of spiritual passion. I am really grateful for India Nepal
"When I heard about terrorism in India and in Nepal, I hardly sleep. I
think seriously about the people of both countries. So I suggest
people please be strong. I also think, unfortunately,
terrorism has been a big threat for our peace and development. It is
hard to eliminate terrorism. However we have to be optimist, we will
have to discover solution of it by joining hands. Kamala, I am an
anarchist, however I respect security and freedom. We people have
already developed a powerful self-foundation inside us which surely
help us to reach at ourr goal. We are right, we should be optimistic," a Nepali student Bhagwati Thapa told me over the phone.
Said my Indian friend Suchitra, "More about the Democracy and
development, sharing our ideas for discussions during the Independence
day (sic). Also, we need to highlight the terrorism agenda. What are the
major objectives, and what are the strategies to achieve them? I know how deeply we feel the terrible troubles because of terrorism. I am
sorry that the situation there is also bad because of terrorism and
that we are so sad. Even with the troubles, no matter what, we should be proud of our actions: starting peace is an important undertaking," she said.
"I am really happy that India is celebrating its Independence day. I wish
for you and your people, all the best," I also told her.
(Nepali journalist Kamala Sarup associates and writes for
mediaforfreedom.com. Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace, Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,in South Asia, Nepal (Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (Media research). Two Stories collections.
Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication,philosophy,feminism, political, socio-economic and literature.
Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development. A meeting of jury members held on 21 March in Geneva has decided to attribute Kamala Sarup, with a Honurable Mention of International Award for Women Issue.