August 15th marks the beginning of a journey that India started with great hope and aspirations. At the outset, things didn’t go right. After being marred by the violence of partition, India stood up on its feet and from then has become an economic powerhouse in a short span of 64 years.
An important element of this journey has been the ability of the country to generate tremendous amount of intelligentsia. Temples of education in form of IIMs, IITs and other top-notch educational institutes are committed to ensure that best in the world education is imparted to minds of leader of future. IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) is spearheading this drive by bringing the best minds together in an environment that fosters learning… and more learning.
They say the spirit of IIMA is no different from the spirit of India. This spirit was relived during IIMA’s Independence Day celebrations today.
When Dr. Barua hoisted the ‘Tirangaa’ today at the iconic LKP (Louis Kahn Plaza), the entire community attending the event erupted in loud chants of ‘Jana Gana Mana….’ The usually silent LKP with its marvelous red backdrop added to the spirit of unity and equality at IIMA and in India. Following the flag hoisting, we headed over to RJM (R J Mathai Auditorium) to witness some of the finest performance from kids as young as 6 years old. The various clubs of IIMA came together to put together a show that drenched the entire audience with showers of patriotism and more importantly .. the new found Indianism.
Among the audience were some 20 odd kids from Prayaas, an initiative to help the local needy children with their education. These kids celebrated Rakshabandhan on Saturday with the student community on Saturday and came back today to join the celebrations of Independence Day.
The spirit of India relived at IIMA:
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
Proud to be an Indian… proud to be @ IIMA…. Jai Hind!