All India
As the year ends.....

Dear friends,

It is that time of the year where we take stock of our accomplishments, what we did or could not yet do and whether we can make the remaining days count. 

If we think of the changes that have been happening in India some of which that give us hope on what civil society and ordinary people can do when they rise to the challenge of building a just society and take on the fight against corruption and injustice, and others that send us hurtling back in despair as we see that the most resolute social workers and activists are still being made to bear the cross, what is certain is that we cannot be stationary on a moving train.  

And therefore it is that as the year ends we can still do that one thing for India that only we can.  Make a contribution and touch the lives of the people in villages and strengthen the efforts of those who are working to make a difference.

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Wish you a happy New Year! 

 
Little Girl -- An Independence Day Poem

We wish you all a happy Independence Day.  Today we would like to share with you a poem "Little Girl" -- about a little girl's independence.


LITTLE GIRL

On the way to the red fort
I met a little girl aged six
wearing her best dress
only slightly ripped
in her hand was a half-eaten sweet
she found with joy on the dusty street

"Little girl, Little girl," said I
running behind her dusty pace
"where is your mother,
where is your father?"

"Ma and dad I have none,"
they found me crying
on the temple ground
only a baby then!
But Ma left me a note"

She put her hand in her best dress
clenched in her tender fist
was her mother's crumpled note.
"Little girl, little girl, " said I
"where are you going this august day?"

"Don't you know, today India is free
there is so much color
so much to see
Children from schools 
sing songs, it's so festive,
Look there's the PM
He is so short!"

 Skipping and jumping
the little girl went on and on,
"thank god its windy"

I looked at her bare feet
on the hard rocky stones
"yes it cools the day"
I agreed with a sympathetic nod.
"No, no silly," she said
"look at our country's flag
It flies and flutters
That's how it should be
for today India is free."


I looked at her with interest
"show me your mother's note
maybe it has her name."

"No, no this note is not for you
my mom wrote it for me
it's only for me
but you can have my sweet"

And as we shared
our freedom sweet,
she said, "today Inda is free
sooner or later
someone will teach me
how to read."

I saw the flag flutter
in the gentle breeze.

- Ravi Kuchimanchi


To share your freedom sweet, like the Little Girl did, please consider making a donation to AID that helps various causes in India and goes a long way.   DONATE ONLINE 

Little Girl was written in the early 1990's for the independence day issue of Dishaa, the newsletter of AID.    

 
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