“The Statesman” dated 15th Aug 1947, Friday, has been preserved in the museum of Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman. I had an opportunity to visit the Cellular Jail in Oct 2009, and I found the newspaper kept for the visitors. On the front page an advertisement of Tata Industries attracted me and I tried to capture in my camera. The same is shown above. The newspaper has become brownish and must be brittle. The content of the Ad. may not be readable from the picture, the same is reproduced under quote and unquote in bold letters, below :
“In this great hour of India’s destiny we
offer our homage to those who fought
and suffered so that she may be free.
With freedom’s battle won, let us dedicate
Ourselves to the task of creating a happier
And fuller life for the people of India
And building a land in which, as the Poet
Has sung, “the mind is without fear and
The head is held high”. Then alone
Shall we be worthy of our great heritage.”
I have posted it here just not to highlight TATAs or TATA Industries, but for the content of the advertisement. Dreams of the people of free India what was on that day, has not much changed.
On winning the battle of freedom, then the citizen of free India dreamt of a better India But today when we look at it, we find that the war is not yet over. Though India is developing country today but still it has to continue its “war” against hunger and poverty. The hunger and poverty today are mostly created one by the today’s narrow politics. The development yet to reach to the poor people of remote villages, who are the son of the soil of free India. How long this country will carry the Tag “Developing” ? In our life time, will it change to “Developed” one? God only knows.