Saturday, August 18, 2012

Candle March on eve of Independence Day, 2012

In our seeking for…progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

At the stroke of the midnight hour on 15th August 2012, when India awoke to its 66th Independence Day, the XIMB community came together as one people to celebrate this glorious occasion, and seek progress for ourselves as a nation. Everyone, from the students to the mess workers, was united in this endeavor.

The night started with those present sharing their views on independence. The forms of expressions were myriad, but the underlying message was the same- of unity, patriotism, a need and willingness to work for change. From speeches in Hindi and English, patriotic and devotional songs on the guitar and otherwise, to the national anthem sung by the mess workers, all were greeted with great fervor by the audience.

The show-stopper was a flash-mob by team SRC, wherein the students danced to foot tapping numbers such as Vande Mataram, Suno Gaur Se Duniya Walo, Jai Ho and Rang De Basanti. Along with the beats, the message of each song resonated loud and clear long after the performance was over.

The evening culminated with a poignant candle march honoring the heroes who have fought for the glorious ideals of our nation. Together we marched, along the X-walk, with a spring in our step, a candle in our hand, a patriotic song on our lips and a glow in our hearts. At the end of the walk, we arranged the candles to form the outline of India’s map, realizing, that while our nation glowed and looked beautiful from the outside, inside there was still darkness to be found; corruption, poverty, ignorance and other social evils, still to be vanquished. It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we reaffirmed our pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”  -Baha'u'llah 

We at XIMB are united in this cause, and eagerly wait for the day when the whole of India will be lit up with peace, prosperity and happiness. We invite you to join us in this endeavor, and do your bit for our motherland.


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