16th August 2023, Mumbai: In a poignant speech at the celebration of India’s 77th Independence Day, the Chairman of Dawar Industries, a pioneer in shoe exports and a leading industrialist, shared his thoughts on the significance of history and the lessons it holds. The occasion provided a platform for him to recall his own family’s experiences during the partition of India and Pakistan on August 14, 1947.
“History has always been one of the most important subjects,” the Chairman began. “The significance of history lies in not repeating the mistakes that happened in history. Those individuals or nations who do not learn from history or distort history become extinct. We don’t live in history, we live in the present, but the events that occurred in history should not be repeated. For that, reflection is necessary at every moment. Negligence leads to accidents that occurred.”
He went on to address the profound importance of August 15th as Independence Day, a day that holds immense pride and symbolism for the nation. He acknowledged the countless sacrifices that have been made for the sake of freedom, drawing a parallel between the sacrifices made during the partition.
Speaking passionately about the events of August 14, he emphasized the need to remember the dark chapters of history. “But forgetting that dark chapter of history a day before would be a grave mistake,” he asserted. He touched upon the heart-wrenching experiences of countless families, including his own, who witnessed the partition. The exodus, forced conversions, severed railway tracks, and refugee camps were all described with a vividness that sent shivers down the audience’s spines.
He further shared his personal family history, highlighting their journey from a prosperous life in Dera Ghazi Khan to the struggles and sacrifices that brought them to Agra and eventually led to their successes. He emphasized that while living in the present is important, it is equally vital not to forget or neglect the lessons that history offers.
“History or neglecting that partition can be a huge mistake,” he concluded, urging everyone to remember, reflect, and learn from the past.
Puran Dawars’s words resonated deeply with those present, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts. His emotional and inspirational address stood as a reminder that while India’s journey to freedom was hard-fought, its path forward is marked by limitless possibilities fueled by unity, resilience, and hope.
As the flag fluttered in the wind, Puran Dawars’s words echoed through the hearts of all those who listened, igniting a renewed passion for the ideals that the nation stands for.
On this special occasion, Ankush Anami CEO of World Designing Forum; went on to emphasize the profound importance of independence, not just as a concept but as a living reality that allows every citizen the right to dream, aspire, and create a better future. He spoke about the countless heroes and heroines who dared to dream of a free nation, a dream that was nurtured through their blood, sweat, and tears.
“Independence Day is not just a date on the calendar; it is a reminder of the countless lives intertwined with the pursuit of freedom,” he stated, his words capturing the essence of the day’s celebration. “It’s a celebration of unity, of the spirit that binds us as a nation, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.”
With an emotional fervor, Ankush Anami addressed the youth of the nation, urging them to honor the sacrifices of the past by embracing their roles as the architects of the future. He spoke about the responsibility that comes with freedom, the duty to uphold the values that define the nation, and the power of collective action to bring about positive change.
As his speech drew to a close, he expressed his gratitude to the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories that make India a vibrant tapestry of identities. “Let us celebrate not just our independence, but also the unity in our diversity,” he passionately asserted.