A New Birth of Freedom

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially”
— Jawaharlal Nehru

Nearly five decades after India redeemed its pledge with destiny, India finally had a new birth of freedom. For too long had the soul of the nation been girded too tight. Sound principles of economics and liberalism began to give the citizens of this ancient nation another chance to regain the pride and glory that was all but lost.

I was born in the central provinces at the cusp of this great transformation. I remember little of how the nation was before opening up to the world except from anecdotes told by those who lived through it. I do remember how much the nation changed each time I visited. Villages became towns, towns turned into cities, and cities turned into megacities. Delhi was once again a world capital.

It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. I look forward to the day when the Indian dream is no longer to move to America to live the American dream but instead to be the architects of the Indian dream in our own motherland. With the current winds of change, that day is not too far away.