Independance Day : freedom?

India got her independence on 15 August 1947. This everybody knows. Often we ask ourselves, have we got the real freedom, have we understood its real meaning and importance? Below are some poems which can inspire us.

160.                        Struggle for freedom 

They struggled to gain freedom for ourselves, for themselves,

it was just a passion, a commitment, a purpose, a mission in their lives.

Since, they might have laid their lives during the process,

during the struggle, they might have not enjoyed the freedom at all,

beyond knowing that they were fighting for a real cause,

to free their brethren from the clutches of slavery.

They would not have got married,

or they might not have overseen the progress of their children,

they sacrificed everything, their possessions, their times, their pleasures,

and sleeps, even their kith and kin.

They went on fasting in or out of jails to free all their countrymen,  

that the freedom fighters would have never even seen,

or talked to or lived with these people,

yet they fought for freedom just because,

they were all their countrymen.

161.                        Freedom undigested 

That freedom is still by and large undigested,

uncared for, its importance being not fully understood.

We see everywhere unnecessary strikes, riots, closures,

burning of public properties, offices, buses,

even private houses of innocent people.

The freedom gained is not the freedom to destroy,

not to even damage anything of anybody,

on a slightest provocation or an event,

not to disrupt the work, not to jeopardize peace of the people,

not to rupture the structure of the society of communities.

The undigested, disrespected freedom is the freedom that will be lost!

(From: Timeless Quest: Free Verses and Thoughts- In Search 

of Meaning of Life, By JIRARA, Pothi.com, Feb. 2012.)

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The African Veldt and Savannah

Range : The savannah and veldt make up the central part of Africa in a band across the continent and down the middle into South Africa. Some of the countries with savannah are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa.

Habitat : In Africa, the grasslands are called savannahs and range from desert grass plains to those of trees and bushes. The veldt, typical of the interior of South Africa, is a vast area of treeless grassland. Together, this open country is home to many of the world’s largest land animals.

Animals : The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, but it cannot run that fast for long. The lions hunt differently than the cheetah. Members of the pride work together to scare a herd of grazing animals, while a lionesses hides in the tall grass waiting to ambush a passing zebra or gazelle. When the animal is dead, the lions take turns feeding on it and guarding it while others in the pride rest or go off to drink. Jackalsandhyenas are mostly scavengers, feeding on animals that are already dead. Waiting until the big cats have eaten their fill, the jackals and hyenas move in to eat what is left over. They may even scan the sky for circling turkey vulture, other scavengers, that signal an animal nearby has died. Sometimes a big group of hyenas will steal a kill from a lion or kill an animal themselves. With few trees to slow them down, animals can run great distances on the veldt. The ostrich’s seven-foot height and good eyesight give it a great advantage in seeing predators from far off. If danger is spotted, it runs! Animals on the veldt often travel in large herds. The more there are to watch and sniff the air for danger, the safer they are. That is why it is not unusual to see herds of ostriches, zebras, gazelles, and wildebeests traveling together. Living in groups is also a good way to search for food and teach the young. The termite is one of Africa’s smaller animals, but it builds its home so large that they can be seen all across the savanna. The dung beetle builds its round nest in the droppings of other animals. Then it lays its eggs inside. As the offspring develop, they eat their way out of the nest. A common bird of the savanna is the weaverbird. Using long stems of grass, they weave great hanging nests. On the ground the secretary bird, named for its black-and-white suit and quill-like head feathers, hunts for mice and snakes to eat. From above, the brown harrier eagle circles, scanning the hot African plain. As always, life here is a race to find food without becoming someone else’s meal.