For a country like India with its own unique web of problems, its citizens need a constant source of inspiration to move forward from ‘dreaming India’ to ‘India of dreams'. Martyrs continue to serve the purpose to inspire generations but we don’t need more martyrs, in fact it’d be a greatest tribute to our martyrs.

The vision of Mahatma Gandhi was one of companionship and universal love. Gandhian principals of Ahimsa (non violence), mutual respect and truth have stood their ground firmly, even before and after Gandhi, as evident in a quote by Gandhi that goes like — “I have nothing new to teach the world, for truth and non-violence are as old as hills”.

The day, Mahatma was hit down by bullets of Nathuram Godse, Indians felt deprived of its world-wide repute, as a peace loving civilization, brought to home by Gandhi who survived great pains throughout his life for the sole purpose of welfare of his compatriots. It was ungraspable to hear that a man who loved and helped anyone for the sake of humanity fall prey to hate that he strived all his life to eliminate. It was 30th of January, 1948. Sad evening moment sent shock waves all across the country and reminded new born nation, after independence in 1947, that much remains yet to be conquered.

To mourn his death and all other martyrs of the land, Indians observe 30th January as Martyrs Day. Top leadership of the country, that is, President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Defense Minister pay tributes to ‘father of the nation’ at his Samadhi Rajghat. Moreover, India has a great history of its martyrs in its pre and post independent ages. For such a large and highly diverse country with its own unique web of problems, its citizens need a constant source of inspiration to move forward from ‘dreaming India’ to ‘India of dreams’.

Martyrs of our land included not just revolutionaries but people with high intellect, well educated and prosperous backgrounds as well. They had a choice to lead a normal life but they chose to give up everything that included careers and families, and at a later stage, their lives as well, and all this for the sake of fulfilment of aspirations of future generations of this country. Beyond our individual life, all of us live an associated life consisting of elements of responsibility and duties towards society that actually emanate from sacrifices of martyrs of the land.

Indian security forces make for a next lot of martyrs in post independence era. Over the years, a great number of personnel serving army, police and other reserved forces have laid down their lives at borders and other parts of country in fights that threatened integrity of the nation. Subsequent wars and hostility with neighbouring nations played a major and infectious role, leading to unfortunate deaths of our fellow country mates. No doubt about the courage and highness of people who gave highest sacrifices for good of India, but we don’t need more martyrs, in fact it’d be a greatest tribute to our martyrs. Mothers don’t deserve to lose their children, wives don’t deserve to be widowed and kids don’t deserve to grow up in want of fathers’ love.

History will judge us for our success on table beyond battlefield. Fights and fight backs are a signature of collateral damage. Gandhiji, a true statesman, once said, “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind”. India deserves better, let us propagate message of love and peace on this day of martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi.

Salutes to sacrifices of our people and more courage to undying spirit of people serving the nation.