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INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL: 75 th Independence Day celebrations will be spectacular; “Nation First, Always First” is the theme of 75 th Independence Day

by Raju Vernekar
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Despite a shadow of COVID-19 still looming large, with a host of programs being organized by the government and voluntary organizations, a yearlong 75 th Independence Day celebrations are expected to be a cheerful mega affair, reviving memories of freedom struggle.
‘Nation First, Always First’ is the theme of India’s 75th Independence Day celebration at the Red Fort, in New Delhi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the national tricolour and will address the nation. From paintings to floral arrangements, all aspects of the program will bear the “Nation First, Always First” theme. The presence of a 228-member strong Olympic contingent as the PM’s special guest at Red Fort on the I Day will be an added attraction.
The celebration of “Azadika Amrit Mahotsav”(a festival to commemorate 75 years of Indian Independence), which began in Gujarat in March, will continue throughout the year, with a slew of programs to showcase India’s development, governance, technology, and reforms, in the last 75 years. The Union Ministry of Culture has organized programs based on different themes. Also, all government departments and ministries are hosting a set of activities for a resurgent “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India).
An exhibition on the ‘Quit India Movement” on its 79th anniversary being held at the National Archives of India, New Delhi, portraying the significance of the Quit India Movement in the Freedom Struggle, will remain open till November 08, 2021.
The programs to mark India’s victory in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 are also being organized by defence forces. A Victory Flame was recently taken to the Cellular Jail at Port Blair and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island in Andaman and Nicobar Island. The “Victory Flame” is also being taken to other places.
Over 40 events are being organized by the Armed Forces and various other segments of the Ministry of Defence, including Border Roads Organisation (BRO), National Cadet Corps (NCC), and Indian Coast Guard (ICG), across the country.
A crowd sourced “Rashtragaan” (sing the national anthem together) is also being organized on Independence Day, for which an online portal “rashtragaan. in” has been developed. The people can record and upload their videos singing the national anthem on this portal.
The celebration in the US
While the I day will be celebrated by all Indian embassies and consulates, across the globe, the Federation of Indian Association (FIA), an organisation representing the Indian diaspora in the US will be hosting the 6 feet by 10 feet tricolour placed on a 25 feet pole at the iconic Times Square in New York. The National flag will be unfurled by the consul general of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal. An Independence Day message will also be displayed on the largest Jumbotron at Times Square for 24 hours. The Empire State Building will be lit in the colours of the Indian tricolour and the day will end with a gala cruise on the Hudson River to be attended by top government officials, special guests and members of the Indian American community.
Special facility for oversees people
To enable people across the globe, to participate in the I-day celebrations, the Union Defence Ministry has launched a website –https://indianidc2021.mod.gov.in. This platform will live stream the I Day celebrations from the majestic Red Fort, in Virtual Reality (VR) 360-degree format. It provides features like the Independence Day celebrations Radio, Gallery, Interactive filters, E-books on deeds of Gallantry, 50 years of 1971 Indo-Pak war victory, and Blogs on the freedom movement and war memorials. People will be able to use this feature with or without VR Gadget. It encompasses the entire Indian diaspora as if they were a part of the celebrations in person. It is an attempt to engage people of all ages, especially the youth.
Future Prospects
As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the economy is on the road to recovery, while the Union Agriculture Ministry has predicted a bumper production of food grains this year. It is imperative to take the stock of various aspects on Independence Day.
As per RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das’s recent speech on the Monetary Policy, the projected GDP growth for Financial Year 2022 (FY22), will remain unchanged at 9.5 percent. Besides, the projected inflation for FY22 has been revised upwards to 5.7 percent. However, price pressures are expected to ebb in the third quarter. The consumer price inflation (CPI), is likely to be at 5.1 percent.
India attracted a US $ 6.24 billion total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow during April 2021 and total inflows were 38 percent higher, compared to US$4.53 billion in April 2020. There was a 60 percent increase in FDI equity inflows amounting to US $ 4.44 billion, compared to US$ 2.77 billion in April 2020. In April 2021, Mauritius was the top investing country with 24% of the FDI Equity inflows, followed by Singapore (21%) and Japan (11%). India is a preferred investment destination amongst global investors, as per the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).
Loss of jobs
Due to continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this year April and May accounted for 22.7 million job losses, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). In June 2021, the urban unemployment rate fell, but remained high at 10.07% compared to 14.73% in May. The rural unemployment rate in June stood at 8.75% from 10.63% in May. The people with businesses, small traders, and daily wagers faced the brunt of the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.
Food grains
The country’s foodgrain production is estimated to rise to a new record of 305.43 million tonnes in the current crop year 2020-21, on the better output of rice, wheat, and pulses, according to Union agricultural ministry. The rice production is pegged at a record 121.46 million tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year as against 118.87 million tonnes in the previous year. Wheat production is estimated to increase to a record 108.75 million tonnes in 2020-21 from 107.86 million tonnes in the previous year, while the output of coarse cereals is likely to increase to 49.66 million tonnes, from 47.75 million tonnes a year ago.
The current population of India is 139.48 crore ( men-72.39 lakh and women-66.94 lakh) 
which is equivalent to 17.7% of the total world population. 35.0 % of the population is urban and 65 percent population is rural. The population density in India is 464 per Km2 (1,202 people per mi2) and the total land area is 2,973,190 Km2 (1,147,955 sq. miles). The median age in India is 28.4 years. India’s population is growing faster than China’s and it is expected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country around 2024.
In our country, about 77.7% of people can read and write. 73.5% of people in rural areas and 87.7% people in urban areas are literate on an average. The male literacy rate is higher, at 84.7%, compared to the 70.3% women literacy rate. Kerala is the most literate state, with a 96.2% literacy rate, followed by Mizoram at 91.33 %, according to a report based on a National Statistical Office survey. The states with the lowest literacy rate include: Bihar-61.80 %, Arunachal Pradesh-65.38 %, Rajasthan-66.11 %, and Jharkhand-66.41 % and Andhra Pradesh-67.02 %.
Shatabdi Sankalp
During this festival, India will make a resolution (“Shatabdi Sankalp”) (centenary resolve), which will act as a guiding light for India, during the next 25 years. The year 2047, will be a watershed moment in 100 years of India’s Independence. The festival seeks to focus on the aspiration of India’s youth and what India will be like in the next 25 years. 
Amid the pandemic, the economy is slowly limping back to normalcy. India is expected to become one of the most powerful countries and emerge as a “World Guru”, in the time to come. Let us hope that we become a superpower soon.


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