July 1, 2008

The Freedom we never lost

We had Amar Singh Thapa, Bal Bhadra and many who fought for our sovereignty. We have read a lot of stories about them and may be a lot of their works have been undocumented. Being a tiny beautiful country, we were thought an easy target. But all the time our ancestors saved our country at any cost. Instead of adding strength to our sovereignty we are losing it day by day. We never felt how life looks like without freedom, is this only reason that nowadays we have direct impact from our lovely neighbors? To tell the truth, even we can not form the government without outsider blessing. To achieve the country’s premiership, one can do any kind of compromise. This is the irony fact that we are in undue pressure of the northern and southern power. Even to run the country, our premiers borrowed brain from their fellow neighbors. If we keep on continuing having this kind of slave brain in our leaders, one day the country with triangular flag will be a part of history like many countries which have already been and some of them are trying to be in that category.
We can not limit our warrior’s contribution in just a paragraph but this is just a patriotic thought in the eve of American’s Independence Day.
=> I got an email at the work how their freedom fighter met the fate for fighting for their country.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walalton, Guinett, Heyward,
Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men
of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave you and me a free and independent America.
The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for
granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember freedom is never free!

अध्यारो बिहानी


बिहानी तारा अस्ताइ गयो उज्यालो पनि देख्नै नपाइ।
शहिद्को सप्ना ओझेल परे नया इतिहास् लेख्नै नपाइ॥

लोकतन्त्रको जग् हाल्दै आधीले सबै भत्काइ दियो।
निरंकुस अध्यारोमा जाकेर सधैंलाइ नै थच्काइ दियो॥
अन्गिन्ती आशाका फुलहरु फर्कनै नपाइ मुर्न थाले॥
शान्तीको स्वास फेर्नै नपाइ फेरी पनि जन्ता मर्न थाले॥

हक हित अधिकार खोस्यो स्वतन्त्रता कुनै भोग्नै नपाइ।
शहिद्को सप्ना ओझेल परे नया इतिहास् लेख्नै नपाइ॥
सतीको श्र्राप परेर होकी कहिलै माथी उठ्न सकेन।

निहित् स्वार्थको परिधि नाघी आफै भित्र जुट्न सकेन॥

उज्यालोको कठोर् प्रतिक्षामा जिन्दगी अब थाकी सक्यो।
सर्वभौमको बिहानीलाइ कालो बादलले ढाकी सक्यो॥
खिचातानी मै अल्झिय नेता अराजकत्ता छेक्नै नपाइ।
शहिद्को सप्ना ओझेल परयॊ नयाँ इतिहास् लेख्नै नपाइ॥

मेरो संसार

म बाचेको सँसारमा पानी छैन छ आगो मात्र
जलाउछ रुवाउछ छन बेदना र चित्कार मात्र

तिमीलाइ देखाउदिन म खुकुरिको धारको बाटो
हिड्दैछु म पिल्सिएर सधै आफ्नोहरुको साटो

तिमी नआउ मेरो सँसारमा त्यहाँ हाँसो हराउछ
रोजबरु अर्को बाटो जहाँ फूलहरु फुल्छ

आगोको भुम्रोमा हिडन बिन्ति नगर साह्रो
जलन सहि जीवन काट्न हुन्छ अति गाह्रो

- अशोक " खलान को मान्छे "
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