Looking at President Barack Obama light up a diya on the occasion of Diwali reminded me of the time when I was in school and my grandfather was still alive. I still remember coming back from school and asking my grandfather about India and its independence because I had to write an article on it, well to be honest he didn’t know much because for him India was independent before the partition and not after. To get thrown out of a country where one is born, what was one’s hometown once was a terrorizing nightmare that he or anyone else from that era could not forget. I never really could understand it all back then, since I was just a kid, but I remember learning about the India where he grew up and spent his childhood.
He was young and used to go to a school where there were no rooms, just one teacher with a portable blackboard and his class, which used to take place on a single mat, under the bright blue sky; and on rainy days his school used to get canceled. He had to cross a river to reach there and after a few kilometers of walking barefoot he finally used to reach his school. His father, my great-grandfather, was a business man and for him to setup his business and start from scratch in a whole new part of a country was something I even fail to imagine. The reason why I brought up such an old topic is that President Obama made me realize the great heights my country has reached to. After years of constant struggle, we have now have been to the moon and back, cultivated some of the greatest artists and humanitarians of the century to be out there on the stage of world and built a strong and a self-sufficient economy. This step taken by Barack Obama is not only a step forward towards humanity but also a giant leap of acceptance and of change. It marks on the journey of us Indians and how far have we come, from slavery till here, whoever we are for better or for worse, this year’s Diwali burnt brighter, with
This step taken by Barack Obama is not only a step forward towards humanity but also a giant leap of acceptance and of change. It marks on the journey of us Indians and how far have we come, from slavery till here, whoever we are for better or for worse, this year’s Diwali burnt brighter, with moment of pleasure and immense happiness when such a super power celebrated the festival of lights with warmth.