On this Republic day of 26th January, let us all step back for a moment and admire some
awesome facts about a magnificient land. We the people have to listen to own hearts and
rediscover our greatness to build a better India and a better world
The challenges we face our immense and probably more than anywhere else in the world.
We are surrounded by an unruly, violent and dangerous Pakistan, a beligerent and
aggressive China and a ravaged Myanmar.
Yet it is even more astounding that the most diverse nation on Earth, with hundreds of
languages, all religions and cultures, is not only surviving, but thriving.
Bharat the nation we know as India.
Land of spirituality, tolerance, compassion, diversity, wisdom and wealth,
- where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism were born, which is the second largest Muslim nation on Earth;
- where Christianity has existed for 2000 years;
- where the oldest Jewish synagogues and Jewish communities have resided since the Romans burnt their 2nd temple;
- where the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile reside;
- where the Zoroastrians from Persia have thrived since being thrown out of their ancient homeland;
- where Armenians and Syrians and many others have come to live;
- where the Paris-based OECD said, was the largest economy on Earth for 1500 of the last 2000 years, including the 2nd largest, only 200 years ago;
- where 3 Muslim Presidents have been elected,
- where a Sikh is Prime Minister and the head of the ruling party a Catholic Italian woman,
- where the past President was also a woman, succeeding a Muslim President who as a rocket scientist is a hero in the nation;
- where a booming economy is lifting 40 million out of poverty each year and is expected to have the majority of its population in the middle class, equal to the entire US population, by 2025;
- where its optimism and vibrancy is manifested in its movies, arts, economic growth, and voting, despite all the incredible challenges and hardships;
- where all the great powers are vying for influence, as it itself finds its place in the world.
My countrymen and women, I congratulate you on this Republic day. I send to you my
salutations and pray for your individual happiness and our collective success.