Transcending all borders including religion, caste, creed and state, the freedom fighters have won us Independence; hence, their lives will always remain a history. If the directors wish to bring to life this history through their imagination on-screen, whose history would be their first choice? Whose role would the stars prefer to essay on the silver screens? Let’s find the answer to these questions…
Gauthaman – director
“Everyone thinks that it is only Gandhi who won us the freedom, but in reality, a lot of freedom fighters were responsible for it. In history, the main focus was on Gandhi. I don’t mean that Gandhi did not fight for freedom and I never underestimate his struggles. At the same time, Subash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh did not find a prominent place in the history. Their history has been side-lined despite their fight and bravery to face the English. It is due to this, people today have failed to realise their sacrifices. Some people feel that Gandhi attained freedom for us through fasting and Ahmisa and this was acquired easily. It is only because of this, the youth of today do not have the guts that Bhagat Singh and Subash Chandra Bose exuded. The main reason for this is that their histories have not been told completely. It is also the reason for the current pathetic economic situation in the country where only 100 people enjoy the riches that should be shared with 100 crore people. Therefore, as a director, I wish to make a film on Bhagat Singh and Subash Chandra Bose!”
Nitin Sathya – Actor
“If there is a chance to portray the role of a clam and peaceful freedom fighter, then it has to be the character of Gandhi, because when we think of peace, Gandhi instantly comes to our mind. At the same time, if youngsters like us get an opportunity to play a freedom fighter, our first choice would be Subash Chandra Bose because bravery always has a strong place in my heart and soul.”
Monica – Actress
“I’ve come to know about the freedom fighters only through school books. Therefore, I don’t know how they looked or anything about their character. Perhaps, if I had lived in that era, I would have taken in their characteristics and acted when an opportunity was presented to me. If I am asked to act now, I may do it as an actress but there not be any truth in it.
Katrina Kaif – Wishing you a very “Happy Independence Day” – Ek Tha Tiger
Katrina Kaif – Wishing you a very “Happy Independence Day” – Ek Tha Tiger
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Starring: Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif
Releasing: 15 August 2012
Produced by: Aditya Chopra
Directed by: Kabir Khan
Manmohan Singh – Slower GDP, lack of investment to impact national security
Battling the charge of policy paralysis in the government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today blamed lack of political consensus for slow growth and vowed to do everything to boost economy through investments while linking development processes to national security.
In his Independence Day address, the Prime Minister said that his government will work hard to shield Indian economy from the impact of global economic slowdown.
However, this would require creating an environment which “we are not being able to achieve … because of a lack of political consensus on many issues. Time has now come to view the issues which affect our development process as matters of national security,” Singh said.
India’s national security will be affected if steps are not taken to increase economic growth and encourage new investments in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today.
He cautioned if the economic growth is not increased, new investments are not encouraged, the government finances are not improved and livelihood security of the common man and energy security of the country are not ensured, “then it most certainly affects our national security”.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Singh said the global economy, which is passing through a difficult phase, has adversely affected India as well.
“Also, there have been domestic developments which are hindering our economic growth. Last year our GDP grew by 6.5 per cent. This year we hope to do a little better,” he said.
While not much can be done about the conditions prevailing outside the country, “we must make every effort to resolve the problems inside our country so that our economic growth and creation of employment opportunities are again speeded up,” he said.
On inflation, Singh said while it must be controlled, bad monsoon this year would pose some difficulties. While wholesale inflation has come down to 6.87 per cent in July, prices of food items are still rising by over 10 per cent annually.
Singh said the government has taken steps to deal with deficit rains. These include giving diesel and seed subsidy to farmers in drought affected areas.
During his 35-minute speech in Hindi, Singh made a host of announcements in social sector like expanding the national health scheme and electrification, undertaking skill development and assessment of teachers.
The 79-year-old economist Prime Minister also sought to encourage foreign investors, who have been apprehensive after certain recent taxation decisions, that there would be “no barriers” to investment in India.
He referred to violence in Assam and promised that the causes would be looked into and steps taken to ensure that such incidents are not repeated anywhere else.
In his ninth consecutive Independence Day address, only the third Prime Minister to do so after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Singh said there was a need to “introspect what remains to be done” so that “we learn from our failures and build on our successes”.
“As far as creating an environment within the country for rapid economic growth is concerned, I believe that we are not being able to achieve this because of a lack of political consensus on many issues,” Singh said.
“Time has now come to view the issues which affect our development processes as matters of national security,” he said.
Independence Day of India
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance…. We end today a period of ill fortune, and India discovers herself again.”
(Speech on Indian Independence Day, 1947)
On 15 August 1947, India attained freedom from the British Rule. Every year, August 15 is celebrated as the Independence Day in India. Independence day is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country.
Independence Day of any country is a moment of pride and glory. On this special occasion, rich tributes are paid to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives and fought to free their motherland from the clutches of the oppressors – British who ruled India.
The British, had initially come for trade but gradually took over the total administration of the country.
At the stroke of midnight of the August 15, 1947, India shook off the shackles of British Rule and became free. It was a night of celebration all over the country.
Commemorating the day India attained freedom (15th August); Independence Day is celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes all over the country. The main program is held at the Red Fort where the Prime Minster unfurls the National Flag and it is saluted by Guns.
The Prime Minister’s speech at the Red Fort in Delhi is a major highlight. Patriotic presentations by school children add colors to the celebrations.
Delhi’s skyline gets dotted with thousands of kites taking to the sky this day. Similar programmes are held at all the State capitals also.
The preparations begin a month in advance. Roads are decorated with flags and buntings. Buildings of national importance are illuminated.