WHAT MAKES INDIA CELEBRATE?
India, the land of diversity, a nation of 1.8 billion and counting; a tapestry of varied cultures, races, religions, hopes, and dreams interwoven together to make this glorious nation of ours what it is today. And I believe it’s for the same reasons as to what makes India so special and so unique in the eyes of the world.
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realized. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Nelson Mandela, defence statement during the Rivonia Trial, 1964. Also repeated during the closing of his speech delivered in Cape Town on the day he was released from prison 27 years later, on 11 February 1990.