Bollywood stars talk about the new India they wish to see this Independence Day.
Amitabh Bachchan: I dream of a truly free and fair society and I wish we could get there soon. I wish for a greater quotient of literacy and discipline for our countrymen. I firmly believe education and discipline are the factors largely responsible for progress in our country, especially education. If proper education is given, discipline automatically comes out of it.
Lata Mangeshkar: I want to wish Indians all over the world an Independence day free of stress, strife and discord. All of us have had enough of violence and ugliness. Maybe I am being over-optimistic. But I dream of a beautiful new India where everyone will be equal and tolerant of one another. I find too much intolerance all around me. I also want better relations with our neighbours. And yes, I want our cricket team to uphold that spirit of victory which this country symbolizes in the rest of the world.
Hema Malini: Let us stop fighting over caste, communal and political issues. Let us take a vow that we won’t let politicians exploit, cheapen and compromise us. I say this although I am half a politician myself. I want to make a difference to politics and society.
Abhishek Bachchan:I dream of a pollution-free, hassle-free, stress-free and strife-free India. I know it is just a dream, and probably hard to achieve, but it is not impossible. I pray for the country to be healed, hale and healthy. Mumbai and Maharashtra have gone through tumultuous times lately. Nature’s warning must be taking seriously. Stop messing around with the environment. Do not take what we have for granted. Because we will lose it.
Urmila Matondkar: I wish for a cleaner, healthier and more positive attitude among Indians. If more of us had these qualities, the catastrophe in Mumbai could have been avoided. Unfortunately, we think of a catastrophe only after it strikes us. So this Independence day I want all of us to start thinking ahead and into the past for solutions to our present problems.