Vande maataram!!!

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  1. prathi

    prathi Bronze IL'ite

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    I got this message forwarded from my cousin. This message has made its rounds around the world by now. I wanted to share it wirh all of my nation-mates here.

    Dear Friends,

    Here is a personal experience, as well as a moment of national pride,
    which I want to share with you. Hope you find it worth the time you put
    in reading it :

    "In the middle of 1965 India-Pakistan war, US govt - then a close friend
    of Pakistan - threatened India with stopping food-aid (remember
    "PL-480"?). For a food deficient Indiathis threat was serious and
    humiliating. So much so that in the middle of war, Prime Minister (Late)
    Lal Bahadur Shastri went to Ram Leela Grounds in Delhi and appealed to
    each Indian to observe one-meal-fast every week to answer the American
    threat. As a school boy, I joined those millions who responded to Shastri
    ji's call. I continued the fast even when the war was over and
    Indiabecame self sufficient in food. Hurt deep by the national
    humiliation suffered at the hands of the USgovt, I had vowed to stop my
    weekly fast only when India starts giving aid to USA.

    It took just 40 years. Last week THE day arrived. When Indian ambassador
    in WashingtonDC handed over a cheque of US$ 50 million to the USgovt, two
    plane loads of food, medical aid and other relief materials were waiting to
    fly to the USA. Time to break the fast? With no bad feeling about the
    USA, and good wishes for the Katrina victims, this humble Indian
    feels proud of the distance India has covered in 40 years. Let's
    celebrate a New India!"

    - Vijay Kranti.
    Dean - IIT Madras

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  2. varalotti

    varalotti IL Hall of Fame

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    Inspiring Post, Prathi!

    That was quite inspiring, Prathi. With no hatred towards US, we should also be firm in upholding our country's pride. Our Hon'ble PM Manmohan Singh refused US aid during the last Tsunami in 2004. That was not a show of arrogance. But saying to a friend in firm terms, 'No thanks, will get your help if necessary.'
    This man's determination is awe-inspiring. May he live long. Jai Hind!

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