Saturday, August 15, 2015


The Indian national flag embodies the democratic, secular and liberal values enshrined in the Constitution of India and is the symbol of our national pride. To me maintaining the dignity of the flag is of utmost importance and the reason behind is the inspiration I got from a Rashtriya Jhanda Geet of my school days Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara! Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humara”, composed by a Hindi Poet Shri Shyamlal Gupta which gives a message to all the Indians to sacrifice everything for the respect of our flag and country.This song got glued to my mind and developed a spirit of patriotism and respect towards my national flag.

Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humara
Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara

Sadaa shakti sarsaane waala,
Prem sudha barsaane waala,
Veero ko harshaane waala,
Maatru bhoomi ka tan-man saara, - 2times

Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humara.
Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara

Swatantra ke bheeshan run mein,
Lakhkar josh badhein kshan-kshan mein,
Kaape shatru dekh ke mann mein,
Mit jaye bhay sankat saara  - 2times
Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humaara.

Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humara.
Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara

Is zande ke neeche nirbhay,
Rahei(n) swaadheen hum avichal nishchay.
Bolo Bhaarat maata ki jay.
Swatantrata ho dheyey humara

Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humara.
Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara

Aao, pyaare veero! Aao;
Desh- dharm par bali-bali jao
Ek saath sab mil kar gaao,
“Pyaara Bhaarat desh humaara,
Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humaara.

Iski shaan na jaane paaye,
Chaahei(n) jaan bhale hi jaye,
Vishwa vijay karke dikhlaaye,
Tab hove praan poorna humaara
Jhanda uncha rahei(n) humaara,
Vijayi vishwa tiranga pyaara.”

And finally the English translation:

The conqueror of the world, our tri-colour
Let our flag always fly high
It showers strength always
It oozes out love nectar
It gives pride to the brave
It is the heart and mind of Motherland
Let our flag always fly high
In the intense battle for independence
It gives josh to every moment
The enemy trembles after seeing it
(And for us) our fear and danger goes away
Let our flag always fly high
Under this flag we are fearless
And our intention is the birth of Swaraj
Shout Jay for Bharat Mata
Now our aim is independence
Let our flag always fly high
Come, beloved braves, come
Sacrifice everything for our nation
In one voice sing together
Beloved is our nation Bharat
Let our flag always fly high
Let its prestige never go away
Even if we give away our lives for that
Let Victory Victory be ours
Let our pledge be realised
Let our flag always fly high


The history of the Indian flag is like the history of India itself, of choices, and compulsions, in equal measure. The Indian flag evolved with the times, reflecting its times, the struggle for independence from British rule.

It is really amazing to see the various changes that our National Flag went through since its first inception.It was discovered during our national struggle for freedom.The Evolution of the Indian National flag sailed through many vicissitudes to arrive at what it is today.

The Journey of the Indian Tricolour
There was a time when every princely state in India had its own flag and emblem.  Today we have only one flag.  How did it come into existence?
Though the participants of the 1857 Revolt carried a flag, it was Sister Nivedita, Vivekananda’s Irish disciple, who first thought of designing a national flag.  The flag which was displayed at the 1906 Calcutta session of the Congress was square-shaped with 108 oil-lamps along its borders and India’s thunderbolt (Vajra) in the centre.  The words Vande Mataram appeared on it in Bengali.

Nivedita’s flag failed to capture the popular imagination and it was a tricolor designed by Sachindra Prasad Bose and Sukumar Mitra that was approved and accepted by Surendranath Banerjee and the Bengali Congress.  The flag had eight half-open lotuses (for the 8 provinces) on the top, the words Vande Mataram in the middle and a sun and crescent moon, representing Hindus and Muslims respectively, at the bottom.
It was this flag that was displayed at the Second International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart in August 1907 by freedom activist and social worker, Madame Bhikaiji Rustom Cama.  She made a fiery speech at the end of which she dramatically unfurled the flag and said, “I appeal to lovers of freedom all over the world in the name of this flag to cooperate in freeing one-fifth of the human race.”
In 1916, Pingali Venkayya, a youth from Masulipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, started the Indian National Flag Mission and authored a book called A National Flag for India.  He approached Gandhiji with his design – a tricolour in white, green and red with a blue charkha in the middle.
Thus was born the first truly ‘national’ flag.  The British, of course, saw it as a symbol of revolution and prohibited it from being flown or displayed in public places.
The Jabalpur and Nagpur Flag Satyagraha was organized to protest against this repression in 1923.  Thousands of people courted arrest after taking the flag in procession. The flag became a symbol of India’s aspiration for freedom.
The first public flag hoisting ceremony was held on the afternoon of 15 August, 1947 at India Gate.  According to Lord Mountbatten, when Pandit Nehru unfurled the flag, a rainbow magically appeared in the cloudless summer sky.  Surely, a heavenly salute to a hard-won flag.

(An extract from Young World, The Hindu)
 A flag is a necessity for all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry which would be a sin to destroy.
"It will be necessary for us Indians Muslims, Christians Jews, Parsis, and all others to whom India is their home-to recognize a common flag to live and to die for."  ~ - Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, August 14, 2015


Independence day is very close to my heart. It is indeed sad to see people taking Independence day as another holiday. Children should be taught more about the Indian freedom struggle, what their ancestors and the freedom fighters have done for them  and why freedom means so much to all Indians. We also need to think whether we are doing justice to what they have attained for us.We should all be responsible citizens and instill the responsibility of duty towards our country in the generations to come.

The Independence Day of our country is a moment of great pride and grandeur. Celebrating Independence Day is not only about hoisting the flag and singing patriotic songs. The essence of the Indepenece Day celebration lies in remembering all the freedom fighters and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. Respecting the freedom which we got at the cost of the lives of these freedom fighters is of utmost importance. Not only on the Independence Day but also on each day of our life we should learn to respect the value of the freedom and should not take freedom for granted.

 As each of you aspires to a better future for yourself,  similarily aspire high for the values of our nation and the society  that you live in.This is your life.This is your country and if you want to keep it safe you need to get involved. Even if we are engrossed with our professional and personal lives for the rest of the year, on this specific day, each citizen of the country does spend some time pondering on his or her contribution to the country.

Freedom is not a Right but a Feeling!
Let's be proud to feel the Freedom!
Let's say loudly we are INDIANS!!!
 Let all of us get together &
Let's Celebrate Our Freedom!
It is our duty to preserve this Freedom!
Carry this forward to the future!
We did,We do,We will do!!!

Set the celebration on Air, Share your Joy, You're Free to do it, Share  this to every Indian, to say
Vande Mataram!
Proud to be an Indian!
Jai Hind


India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of it's rich and varied heritage. 
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and all elders and treat everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

Do you know the author of this  National Pledge?

Unfortunately, a majority of the students who recite this as a ritual every morning and their teachers do not have the answer.

The National Pledge was penned by Pydimarri Venkata Subba Rao, a noted author in Telugu and a bureaucrat, while working as the District Treasury Officer of Visakhapatnam in 1962.Just like the National Anthem and the National Song that’s engraved on our memory, our National Pledge is taken by students in schools across the country, but the writer who penned it is hardly known to people.

The author was a multi-faceted personality and a polyglot having achieved mastery in Sanskrit, Telugu, English and Arabic. He wrote on various subjects, including naturopathy besides authoring many books in Telugu, including a popular novel, 'Kalabhairavudu'.


A native of Anneparthi village near Nalgonda district, he presented it to senior Congress leader Tenneti Viswanadam, who forwarded it to the then Education Minister P.V.G. Raju, father of current Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Due to the efforts of the then Education Minister, the Pledge was included in school textbooks which was later translated to English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and many other regional languages.

The pledge was first introduced in a school in Visakhapatnam in 1963 and later in many other schools that year. It was recited in Republic Day celebrations in 1965.Subba Rao was said to have been unaware of its status as the National Pledge. He was said to have come to know about it when his granddaughter was reading the pledge from her textbook.

The authors of National Anthem or the National Song are well known in India, but Subba Rao remains largely a little known figure, as his name is not mentioned either in books or in any document. The Human Resources Development Ministry, however, records Subba Rao as the author of the pledge. “Union Ministry of Human Resource Development records, however, show Subba Rao as the author of the Pledge.

Subba Rao was an employee in the State Treasury Department and worked in various capacities in Nizamabad, Khammam, Nellore, Visakhapatnam and Nalgonda and retired in 1971. While he was in Visakhapatnam between 1962-64, India was in war with China during which time Subba Rao wrote a story to inculcate patriotism among people.

Since the introduction of the Pledge in school textbooks in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh in 1964, it continues to serve the same purpose as our National Anthem and is quite well-known. But its author Pydimarri Venkata Subba Rao, who hails from Nalgonda district, has remained inconspicuous for some reason and has not got the due recognition that he so deserves.

The successive governments in united Andhra Pradesh made no efforts to popularize him, neither did they give him credit for his work by mentioning his name in the textbooks that had the Pledge.

Collected from Times of India and The Hindu.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.
Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.
Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.
Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.
Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.
Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.
Swami Vivekanand:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.
Swami Vivekanand:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Swami Vivekanand:- What surprises you about people?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”
Swami Vivekanand:- How can I get the best out of life?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.
Swami Vivekanand:- One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Here comes one more interesting story from my school book.
Akbar and Birbal stories and folk tales are featured in Amar chitra katha and Chandamma.

Akbar had great confidence in Birbal. But once, for some unknown reason, the Emperor was not very happy with him. Sensing this, Birbal decided to stay away from the Emperor for few days. He went to a small village and started living there.

One day, Akbar got a letter. One of his vassals, Raja Samant, had written, "Please send me a pot full of intelligence."

Akbar could not comprehend what it meant. He thought," If only Birbal was here, he would have explained it in a minute."

The Emperor came up with an idea to find out where Birbal might be. He invited the heads of the village and said, "I shall give a goat to each one of you. You must feed them well. Take good care of them. The cost is my responsibility. You must return the goats after one month. But when you return, the goats should weigh the same as they are today."

The village heads wondered how this would be possible.

Somehow, Birbal came to know about this. He went to see the Patel (village head).

"Patelji, do not worry about what the Emperor has said. Just take good care of the goat," said Birbal.

"In that case, the goat will grow fat."

"There is a solution for that. On the outskirts of the village, there is a lion in the cage. Tie up this goat just a little way of from the lion. Due to fear and insecurity, the goat will not gain an ounce of weight," said Birbal.

The Patel followed Birbal's instruction. After a month all goats were brought to the Emperor. Only one goat had not gained any weight. Akbar guessed that this was possible only with Birbal's help. He sent for Birbal and pacified him. Then he said, "Birbal, I need your advice. How can I sent a pot full of intelligence to someone?"

Birbal started working on it. First, he got a pot, filled it with soil and sowed a pumpkin seed in it. It sprouted and a pumpkin grew inside the pot. When the pumpkin filled the pot, Birbal cut of the plant. The pumpkin remained inside the pot. Birbal tied a cloth and covered the pot. He showed this to Akbar..

Then Akbar ordered his messenger to send this to Raja Samant with a letter by mentioning, that this is full of intelligence. Take it out carefully. While removing the pumpkin, the pot should not break and the container should not get damaged. If anything contrary to this happens, you will have to pay a very heavy penalty."

The vassal received the pot and the letter. He realized what an impossible task it was. He came to Akbar's Court and apologized. He realized what a fool he was to ask for a pot of intelligence from an Emperor in whose kingdom a man like Birbal lived!"

Moral: Most problems have solutions. Just we have to think with a calm peace of mind for solutions. If you can't find them yourself, find someone who can!