India completes 75 years of independence from colonial rule on 15 August 2022. This day is being celebrated as Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with great patriotic spirit all over the country. On India@75, we remember our long and arduous journey to freedom, the many thousands of unsung heroes whose valiant sacrifices have made freedom a reality for us. We salute the memory of those martyrs who laid down their lives at the altar of freedom. We remember and pay homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who led from the front with the noble weapons of non-violence and satyagraha. We salute other great leaders of our freedom movement — Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhara Tilak and many more.
Achievements of India@75
At the time of attaining freedom, sceptics predicted a gloomy and dangerous future for India where anarchy and fascism would rule. They have been proved wrong by our efficiently-managed democratic institutions, including the world’s biggest electoral process, although it has its weaknesses. Over the past seven-and-a-half decades of history, India has registered phenomenal success in many areas of life. There are remarkable improvements in the areas of science and technology, space mission, etc. We have grown into a vibrant democracy. We have one of the best armed forces in the world which have always remained as our guardian from external forces as well as natural disasters.
Agriculture: The green revolution of 1966 gave a massive impetus to India’s agricultural production. Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population. The agriculture sector employs nearly half of the workforce in the country. India is the world’s second-largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, groundnuts and fruits and vegetables. It is the largest producer of milk in the world. In 2013, India contributed 25% to the world’s pulses production, the highest for any one country; 22% to rice production and 13% to wheat production.
Joe Eruppakkatt, a former editor for ST PAULS Publications and The Teenager Today, has been actively involved in the field of print media in India, the U.S., Great Britain and Nigeria. He is currently working for ST PAULS, New Delhi.