Written By Sumati Varma (Grade 10)


They stood for days and they fought for weeks,
they shed blood, cried endless tears, and fell to their knees.
However, never did they surrender,
because they knew that they always had to defend her.

Defend her and the population of crores that she carries within,
they knew that no matter what they had to win.

They were the ones who once did receive love,
love that they had to give up on, willingly or forcefully, to make our country, come above.
Come above from the suppression,
they are the reason for India’s constant progression and succession.

They fought for what was ours,
‘they’ are, our army, our activists, our freedom fighters,
from the Rani of Jhansi to the supporting writers,
from Sardar Arjit Singh to the millions that died after,
They are the reason for the joy that India able to cherish today, they are the reason for every Indian’s laughter.

Independence was bought to us on 15th August 1947,
but what does this independence mean?
To me, it means that there was something in between,
something in between that separated, independent India from something that it could have been, 
And this difference is the people who sacrificed themselves for this win.

So as Independent India moves forward to increase its GDP and be the best that it can be,
we must remember why we are free,
free enough to focus on developing ourselves rather than struggling,
free enough to express our opinions, and then let that be the reason to continue hustling.

Hustling so that we can live up the sacrifice made,
Hustling because they are still people who will protect India when it was frayed 


Featured Image Courtesy – E&T Magazine

Hi, I’m Sumati Varma and I’m a 14 year old ambivert. I have a soft spot when it comes to art, especially poetry and highly respect authors. My poetry usually comes from the darker, deeper aspect of life. My thought process and writings come from people who are suffering or are in pain but can’t find the words to express themselves. So I thought maybe I can do it for them.

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