Bengaluru: As our flag flies high, let’s also take a moment to remember all our freedom fighters who laid down their lives to ensure we all live happily. 

Let’s also take a look at the developments that have taken place in the year gone by under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

It was last August, on the 5th, that India abrogated the Articles 370 and 35A, thus paving way for a complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. 

 

In December last, the Modi-led Union government enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act in which the persecuted minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be given citizenship. The decision enables minorities of these countries, especially, Hindus face unbearable humiliation and subjugation. So the move to accommodate them defined Vasudaiva Kutumbakam and re-emphaised 
India’s will to extend a helping hand to others. 

After this, the bhumi pujan at Ayodhya earlier this month should come as a red-letter day for Hindus. What was once a mere dream was given wings. The temple will be completed in the next 2-3 years.

The clarion call for Atmanirbhar bharat or self-reliant India gives emphasis on India becoming a country giving more thrust to its strengths. 

 

India’s retaliation to the Chinese aggression in the Galwan Valley is also an emphatic display of India’s renewed vigour to take the bull by the horns and pay back enemies with the same coin. 

China had least expected that India would not be sitting idly as it imposed itself on us. That apart, the move to ban as many as 59 Chinese apps literally stumped China as it would have a tremendous bearing on its economy. Even the US lawmakers hailed the move to ban them and urged President Trump to follow in the footsteps of Prime Minister Modi. 

In this way, the year gone-by has seen some exemplary decisions.