The country is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Independence in a befitting manner. Yes, we are really proud to be Indians. No doubt, the country has achieved much and progressed considerably in most of the sectors. We are indebted to the sacrifices of thousands of great warriors who fought against British imperialists for the independence of this great country. But we are also facing big challenges against secularism, unity in diversity and protection of national assets. It is also a disturbing fact that while there is steep increase in the number of billioniers ,the ineqality between the rich and poor is being widened alarmingly. BSNL, as in the case of other important Public Sector Enterprises, is all set to be sold out for a song. The workers and pensioners are aslo under severe attack. So, let us rededicate ourselves to continue our fight to protect this great country from the divisive forces and ensure a better life, particularly for the marginalised and downtrodden people.