Is This What We Fought For?

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AS A FORERUNNER TO AUGUST 15, INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY A FRIEND MAILED ME an old film song from the 1959 film Didi, sung by Asha Bhonsle, Sudha Malhotra and Mohammed Rafi.

The song,   ‘Humne Suna That Ek Hai Bharat‘   (We heard that India is United’) summarises India’s recent history – its journey from a struggle for Independence marked someswar1-gmail-com06102016164827dfl140948by unique principles of non-violence and civil disobedience to dynasty rule, caste rivalry   and communal disharmony, not to speak of the dirtiest politics imaginable.

How meaningful were old songs! From those soulful  songs that touched hearts to today’s shouting and meaningless cacaphony of  ‘lyrics’ without harmony is a similar journey of deterioration.

It was a film that starred the late  Sunil Dutt. Can any reader remember the film? Or the name of the first boy on who was shown singing  the song?

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B. Someswar Rao

60 years of journalism, from the age of 16, and two books later, life has so much more to offer, there is no looking back. Not yet. Unstoppable after 70 is a simple expression of my thoughts, my triumphs, my failures and everything that makes this journey incredible. My books: - A TOWN CALLED PENURY- the changing culture of Indian journalism - JOURNALISM - Ethics, Codes, Laws Working on: - 'THE OUTHOUSE ON THE FIRST FLOOR - Coming of (Old)Age in India'

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