You aren't someone who should be heading a country, where none of your acts project that you believe in a democracy.
A constructive approach and commitment is all we need to relish the state of being free. It is time for renewal. Between the hymn and flag presentation came three speeches: one by an eminent Muslim, second by S Radhakrishnan and the third by Jawaharlal Nehru who was the star of the day, with a speech rich in emotion and rhetoric, "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
But is India really independent? Even after 68 years of achieving freedom, we cling to some of the worst issues faced by our society -from age-old prejudices of caste system, honour killings and dowry, to the refusal by courts to address marital rape as a crime, people blaming women for the crimes against them and lawyers defending the actions of rapists.
This year we have entered into 60th year of our Independence. Addressing the nation on the eve of 69th Independence Daythe honorable President Pranab Mukherjee has rightly expressed his concern by saying, "the roots of vibrant democracy are deep but the leaves are beginning to wilt.
As we approach the 65th Independence Day, the midnight dream of our forefathers seems to be rapidly descending into a nightmare: we rank 87 out of countries on Transparency International 's corruption index. And for sure, our hearts swell with proud, oozing love and respect for our mother nation.