India’s 74th Independence Day

Certain days and events fill us with nationalistic fervour and energy. India’s Independence Day is one such occasion and the group that gathered in the CIF campus to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day was charged. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) and Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) came together to celebrate Independence Day in the CIF campus. The tricolour was unfurled by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal in the presence of Dean Prof. Gauri Mahulikar, Swami Sharadananda, (Acharya of Sandeepany Kerala), Shri Shivasankaran Nair (Manager of CIF), students and staff of CVV and CIF. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

In his address, Swami Sharadananda said we should derive inspiration from our forefathers whose vision is the great nation we belong to. Swamiji motivated the gathering to take pride (gaurava) in our nation (Bharata) and revitalise the fire in us by which we become the pride (gaurava) of Bharata. The world is once again looking towards India for guidance and support in various spheres. He concluded the address with prayers and invoked the blessings of the Lord for taking our country forward towards her true glory.

Girija and Br. Sagar beautifully rendered the national song as well as a patriotic song followed by Smt. Jayalakshmi Nanda, (Chief of Staff of Vice Chancellor) singing the ‘kulagitam’ or Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth anthem.

It was worth noting that the pandemic situation did not suppress the joy and enthusiasm of the audience while taking part in the ceremony. The function came to a close on an energetic and sombre note as the entire gathering repeated the National Pledge.