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Parthasarathi Shome: A sense of independence

In spite of today's negatives and negativities, there is much to celebrate in the idea of India

Children are taught by their parents in their early years. Thus my mother taught her children a song by poet Dwijendra Lal Ray: Dhan Dhanya Pushp Bhara Hamara Yah Vasundhara — Our earth, with its abundance of crops and the richness of flowers Holds within its midst a land that is the most beautiful of all lands This land is built of dreams and bound by memories This, the land of my birth, the queen of all lands, is ne’er to be found anywhere else ...I pray that I breathe my last in this land where I was born. That memory of the overflowing sound of her pedal organ as a ...