August 15, 2018

Dear All Scientists, Technical and Admin Staffs, students, boys and girls from Campus School, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen,

At the outset of the speech, I would like to extend my warm welcome and well wish to you all on the auspicious occasion of 72nd Independence Day of India.

This day is celebrated by every Indian irrespective of his religion, caste, creed, and region.

The spirit of unity in diversity’ was at the root of getting freedom from the British rule. This is the spirit that kept our country as a unit for the last 71 years. This is the spirit which is making our country an economic and military superpower. The spirit did not build in a day, but by the hard work of our foresighted leaders during the period of the freedom struggle.

Mahatma Gandhi and his followers instill the confidence in the people from all the diversities that the unity is the foremost requirement of freedom and independence through pathway of non-violence. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose taught us sacrifice for motherland and free our country whatever way can we can, even we have to give blood, sweat and toil to fight for freedom from British Raj. We can never forget the sacrifices of Bhagat Singh, Khudi Ram Bose, and Chandrasekhar Azad, who lost their life in their early years fighting for the country.

We are very lucky because our ancestors have given us the land of peace and happiness, where we can sleep all night without fear and enjoy our school/colleges/work-place or our home all day long.

Our country is rapidly developing in the areas of technology, education, sports, finance and other areas with 7.2% GDP growth. This was impossible before independence under British Rule. India’s GDP share to the world’s GDP was much higher when British’s came than that when they left in 1947.

We have the right to choose our government and enjoy the largest democracy in the world. As a responsible citizen of the country, we must always be prepared to deal with any emergency in the country and do our duty in daily life.

We must be careful about corrupt diseases and political interference to end the national fabric of unity and stability. Some anti-national forces are using corruption and terrorism, such as to slow down country’s development and economic progress. Today is the most opportune day to redeem our pledge to stand united against corruption and terrorism. India’s freedom was possible because of cooperation, brotherhood, and unity. We must believe in secularism and we must always be united all the time.

Since Indians must work for India, our duty is to work for the development of India. We must seriously do our duty and work hard to achieve the goal and lead this democratic nation successfully.

We have to pay back for the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters.

Let us pledge today:

  1. We will do time bound duty every day to build our nation.
  2. We will be corrupt free in all spheres of life.
  3. We will help needy and do social work irrespective of cast, creed and religion.
  4. When we visit abroad for any work, we must keep dignity, held our Nation in high esteem.

Jai Hind!

Prof Suddhasatwa Basu,
Director CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar