As I hope you are all aware, it is India’s Independence Day today! Sixty four years ago on August 15th, to paraphrase Nehru, India awoke to to life and freedom. A moment came, which comes but rarely in history, when India stepped out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance.
The discussion in class today of the themes of the old vs. new India, the Light and the Darkness, reminded me of a post by Srinidhi in the past week which included a video of the (most?) famous actor, Amitabh Bachchan, speaking of the two Indias. This video was part of a campaign four years ago called “Lead India,” and was meant to assess the situation of India and celebrate sixty years of freedom.
While Bachchan’s video is very relevant to the themes of “The White Tiger,” another video from “Lead India” came to mind when talking about India’s progress and place in the world (hosted by none other than the also-insanely-famous Shah Rukh/King Khan):
There are so many things in this video that need to be addressed, I’m sure we could spend an entire class on it. From the Gandhian references, the call to action, criticism of the government and infrastructure, and of course those intense 20 seconds at the end…any thoughts?