August 15th 1947 - India kept its tryst with destiny and it has been 62 long, eventful years since then. The significance of this day goes beyond a public holiday or playing patriotic songs on the radio.

India is a country of great paradoxes and all that exists in between. Perhaps herein lies its uniqueness, permit me to move over the brouhaha about being a multicultural, multiethnic, secular country. At 62, India is young, very young and herein lies our hope. The Great Indian Dream. Let us on this Independence Day, neither celebrate or berate, just look within. There is reason to cheer and many more reasons to reflect.

How frequently do we demand freedom denied?

Is there good news for everyone or just a handful?

In our bid to move forward are we leaving behind many?

Have we created boundaries which are now impossible to get rid of?

How often do we trample over the ideals on which the country was created?

Let us think over all these questions and salute the resilient spirit of a billion people