Yunan-o-Misr-o-Roma Sab Mit Gaye Jahan Se,
Ab Tak Magar Hai Baki Naam-o-Nishan Hamara,
Kuchh Baat Hai Ke Hasti Mit’ti Nahin Hamari,
Sadiyon Raha Hai Dushman Daur-e-Zaman Hamara.
The Egyptian , the Greek & the mighty Roman Civilization; all have vanquished from this world (in true sense).
Yet, We have stood the test of time
There is something about this land which refuses to give-in and perish
Although, for centuries, we have had fair share of enemies around the world.
This speak about the Indian civilization resilience, and UPSC took a leap from this and asked a MAINS question last year ( The ancient civilization in Indian sub continent differed from those of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece in that its culture and traditions have been preserved without breakdown to the present day )
Today, is the day we recall and remember the Indian civilization and its resilience.Our path to freedom was not soaked in British blood, and probably the most peaceful one in comparative terms. No wonder, it is a land created by saint and seers ,No wonder it is a land shaped by Tulsidas and Kabirs, No wonder it is a land of Buddhas and Sufis. It is a land of wonder, difficult to comprehend, beyond one’s imagination. It is not a land to be understood, it is a land to be soaked in. It is a land to live for and a land to die for.