Atanu Dey On India's Development

Happy 4th of July

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Thomas JEfferson We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Thus wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. The 13 British colonies in North America had been at war with Britain for over a year by June 1776. At the urging of John Adams, between the 11th and 28th of June,Thomas Jefferson had drafted the “Declaration of Independence” which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4h, 1776. Adams went on to became the 2nd president of the US and Jefferson the 3rd. Curiously, both died on the same day — Independence day, 4th of July, 1826.

The US is a large country today with a population of over 300 million. The population of the United States in 1776 was only 4 million — or about 0.33 percent of India’s population today (take a guess before highlighting the preceding blank space).

Well, today evening I am going to be up in the Los Altos Hills watching the Independence Day fireworks in the Silicon Valley. Perhaps I will take my camera and post some pictures tomorrow. Happy 4th of July!!

  • Kabeera

    The war is about to start. Time to fight it out for the country. It’s going to be bloody. Why are you away at this time?

    • Atanu_Dey

      I am fighting the only way I know how — words and idea. Both of those are independent of location.

  • Zap Dl

    4th of July is Fake Independence Day OR shall i say in L K Advani style “Psuedo Independence Day”

    Imagine
    the last viceroy of India – Lord Mountbatten got pissed of with his
    British Masters just like the 13 British Colonies in North America
    including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were. Then surely Lord
    Mountbatten would have decided to consider India as his “Baap ki jaagir”
    and would have definitely issued and “Declaration of Indian
    Independence” and fought with the British for so called “Indian
    Independence”. And he would have definitely won that battle because
    Britain was engaged in World War and would not have managed to hang on
    to India. And Lord Mountbatten would have become the First president of
    United States of India.

    Like their American counterparts who
    wiped of all the native red-indians from American soil, the United
    States of India would have wiped of all the native Indians from Indian
    soil. India would have become the new home for the white Anglo Saxon
    race.

    I wonder why the colonisers after colonising a territory
    while wiping out the original residents, suddenly so unashamedly dare to
    say the following lines “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
    equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
    Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
    Were the Red Indians natives not created equal by the Creator? or were
    they destined to be massacred by the so called more than equal people?

    True
    Independence day of America will be the day when Red Indians got
    independence from Anglo saxons colonisers. Just like in India where 16th
    August is celebrated as independence from the brutal colonisers.

  • Zap Dl

    Correction for last comment, It should be 15th August and not 16th August for Indian Independence day