On this 15th of August, India has completed 70 years of its existence as Free India. It was after great and sustained struggles by the Indian people under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and many other veteran leaders that India got independence from the British colonialists on 15th August 1947. India became a sovereign secular democratic Republic on 26th January 1950, after the adoption of the Constitution of India, the main architect of which was Dr. B.R.Ambedkar. The first Prime Minister of Independent India was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who led to the country with the slogan of ‘socialist pattern of society’.

Congress ruled the country for many years and now it is the BJP government. But even after 70 years, poverty was not eradicated. About 30 % of the people are still below the poverty line as could be seen from the very many statistics of the government itself. The rich has become richer and the poor, the poorer. Difference in income is increasing every day creating wide disparity. Illiteracy continues and young children are working to eke out a livelihood, instead of attending the schools.

While celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Independence day, let us pledge to take all out efforts to make the country progress in to a secular, democratic republic as envisaged by the great freedom fighters!

Warm Greetings to all friends, comrades and best wishers on the eve of the 71st Independence Day!

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