It is very important and significant that this year when our country is witnessing a surge in religious tolerance and disturbance in every corner of the country, 73rd Independence Day and Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan happens to fall on the same day.
Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, which typically falls in August. "Raksha Bandhan," in Sanskrit literally means "the bond of protection, obligation, or care".
Rabindranath Tagore uses this Raksha Bandhan in 1905 to prevent partition of Bengal. He gave a call to hundreds of Hindus and Muslims in Kolkata, Dhaka and Sylhet and all came out in large numbers to tie Rakhi threads on each other hand. It greatly symbolizes the unity & harmony of people. Thus Raksha Bandhan holds an important role in the history of freedom movement in India. The concept and sentiment of this festival was used to unite the Hindus and Muslims against the British Raj.
India got its Independence from the British Rule in the year 1947 and we celebrate this day with flag hoisting ceremony and singing our national anthem. Our The National Flag is designed horizontally and consists of three colours- saffron, white and green.
“Freedom” itself is a big word and we do get little of it. Most of the people in India are still prisoners and caged within family, job and society. They are spending their entire life doing what they are told to do. They have to eat, drink, dress and behave in a prescribed way which is regulated and controlled by others.
The flag and the rakhi are two symbol which carry deep thought and emotion to every Indians. We should vow to give respect and uphold the values, culture and deep-rooted sentiments involved within these.
Atanu Ganguly- Asst Librarian , Calcutta Business School