It is the land of Shiva and Krishna, the Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi. India-my beloved country-which produced the greats of modern times in the world-has a proud place in my thoughts.

The biggest democracy, the land of temples and one of the oldest civilizations of the world, the second most populous country in the world after China, my country has produced warriors like Rana Pratap and Shivaji, leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Lala Lajpat Rai.

In literature and science it has produced persons like RabindraNath Tagore, Prem Chand, Saratchandra, C.V. Raman, Jagdish Chandra Bose and Dr. Homi Bhaba.

India is a land of villages and fields. Its fields are fed by the mighty rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Narmada and Kaveri. The Gangetic Valley is the most fertile region of our land.

The oceans that guard her coasts on three sides and the mighty Himalayas on the north have given my country natural frontiers from all sides.

Ours is a secular state and various religions bloom here without hindrance. We have inherited our culture through centuries. There is unity in diversity. We speak many languages, worship many gods and yet we have the same spirit, the spirit of India, running through the country, binding us together.

My country is a tourists’ delight. The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, the Qutub and the Red Fort are few of the many wonders which attract people from all over the world. Kashmir has been described as a paradise on earth. The country of mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes is a fit abode for the gods. Ooty, Nilgiris and the temples of South India, as also Khajurho, Ajanta and Ellora caves are the places one can boast of.