Happy Independence Day
This is the Ashoka Chakra which is a depiction of the Dharmachakra, the Wheel of Dharma.
The wheel has 24 spokes and symbolizes the teachings of the Buddha.
The Ashoka Chakra has been widely inscribed on many relics of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka The Great (Reigned 273-232 BCE), most prominent among which is the Lion Capital of Sarnath and The Ashoka Pillar.
The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is at the centre of the National flag of the Republic of India which was adopted on 22 July 1947.
“Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness.
Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work.
The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct.
The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends.
The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma.
Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag.
Again, the wheel denotes motion.
There is death in stagnation.
There is life in movement.
India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward.
The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.”
(Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s first Vice President)
Today is India’s Independence Day (स्वतंत्रता दिवस) it is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from the British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947.
This is the opportunity to thank all my Indian friends, all the people working with me and my loving Indian family who managed that I feel at home in this incredible country.
Thank you, dhanyavad, shukriya and Happy Independence Day to all of you, Indians and non Indians who love India as much as I do.