Bastille Day

France celebrated Bastille Day (Fête Nationale or quatorze juillet) on July 14. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a very important event during the French Revolution.

The fortress-prison Bastille, a symbol of despicable tyranny, was stormed on July 14, 1789 . . .


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I consider the French Revolution to be the greatest Revolution in the history of humankind. It was the Revolution that abolished a filthy oppressive feudal system lorded over by tyrants who were determined to crush the uprising of the oppressed people by any means, including inviting foreign armies to invade France. The tyrants who were a part of the oppressive system and many others were killed at the guillotine. The brutal executions at the guillotine were the saddest part of the French Revolution, but they were to be expected in the 18th century. The French Revolution has inspired many Revolutions around the world where filthy oppressive systems were abolished and scum beings who exploited the oppressed people were overthrown. The French Revolution gave the noble ideas of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity to the world. The French Revolution also played a very important part in establishing the inalienable rights of human beings and citizens – Human Rights in modern parlance. It also laid the foundations for social democracy – the system that has enabled the European countries (and others that are wise enough to adopt a similar system) lead the world in every development parameter.

Représentation de la Declaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen de 1789 (Representation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789) . . .


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May the French Revolution continue to inspire Revolutions around the world! Filthy systems and concepts that keep people oppressed deserve to be abolished and evil scum beings who use their power to exploit the oppressed deserve to be overthrown by violent means, if necessary. Long live the noble ideas of the French Revolution! Long live the beautiful concepts of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Human Rights!

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11 Responses to Bastille Day

  1. vishesh says:

    hmm…raj i agree it was an eye opener…might we seemed something like that in India now?

  2. francina says:

    “”Long live the beautiful concepts of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and Human Rights!”” YEAH! WE NEED MORE REVOLUTIONS ON EARTH (in india maybe too…) but dont u think the people in general is “sleepy”??? u know? like hipnotized, just going on…without motivations to start new revolutions?

  3. Vishesh,

    If the governments in India do not listen to the legitimate demands of the oppressed and marginalised people who protest peacefully at first, they would take up violence. That is what happens before revolutions. If the system does not correct itself when people think it is unjust and oppressive, it is natural for them to start a revolution to overthrow the system.
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    Francina,

    Yes, we need many more revolutions on Earth, for sure, especially in countries where the system is oppressive, exploitative and repressive, like in many countries in Africa. I think there is point when the people believe that things will only get worse for them. Only then will they get motivated to start a revolution.

  4. margotmarrakesh says:

    Raj,

    I would be interested to know more about what people in India generally think about the French Revolution. Do most Indians find it very inspiring? And do they also find the American Revolution (against the British) equally inspiring, or not? Do you study both Revolutions in school, or not?

    Best regards,
    Margot, the Marrakesh Mystic
    margotmystic.wordpress.com

  5. Mystic Margot,

    I studied the French, the American and the Russian Revolutions in detail in my history classes. The Chinese, the Cuban and other Revolutions were also a part of my history lessons.

    Any broad-minded Indian would be inspired by the French Revolution. Only people with a backward, feudal, mediæval and regressive mindset would hate the French Revolution. Unfortunately, India is not short of people with such mindsets. That is why India is still a developing country😦

    In India, the American Revolution is seen as an independence struggle against the British. It is sometimes compared with India’s own independence struggle though the two countries achieved independence by different means.

  6. margotmarrakesh says:

    I find your school’s treatment of Revolutions very interesting! We are not studying such things here in Morocco.

    What sort of a school did you go to? Was it a regular public school, a private school, a British International School, or an American school? (Your English is so good – better than some native speakers I know…..)

    Best regards,
    Margot

  7. Margot,

    Yes, Revolutions are very interesting indeed. I was always fascinated by the Revolutions that took place around the world because I am rebellious by nature.

    I went to a private school that followed the syllabus prescribed by the government of Tamil Nadu (Matriculation till the 10th standard and Tamil Nadu State Board in the 11th and 12th standards), which is by far the best board of education in my state! I am not sure of what they teach in British and American schools, though.

    I am proud of what I learnt in my school! I learnt about the history and geography of the whole world! Certain boards of education in India teach a deliberately distorted version of history that is full of half-truths and shocking ommissions.

    Education in India is in the concurrent list of the constitution. The people of each state have the right to decide what is taught to their children. The central government also has one or two boards of education. But now, nefarious attempts are being made to violate what little federalism is enshrined in the constitution by suggesting that there should be a single board of education in India. Such filthy, sordid, despicable, outrageous and disgusting attempts to violate the educational rights (which are a part of Human Rights) will be resisted by ANY means!

    The medium of instruction in my school was English. Though English is not my mother tongue, I consider it as much as my own as my mother tongue! Only those with a backward, feudal, mediæval and regressive mindset consider English to be a foreign language. They have a severe inferiority complex and cannot get out of their colonial mentality. English IS an Indian language and is one of India’s national and official languages!

    I could concentrate on useful subjects like mathematics, science, history, geography and English and a second language in school because I did not have to waste my time in learning a totally unnecessary third language in my school. I also learnt French (which is also an Indian language) as a second language for some time. Though I would not be too comfortable with the rapid-fire French spoken by people in the Francophone countries, I can read French and I am glad that I learnt it (though English has virtually replaced French as the lingua franca of the world now) because it has helped me gain a very rudimentary understanding of Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian and other Romance languages.

  8. leafless says:

    Let all give cheers to liberty and equality!

  9. margotmarrakesh says:

    Thank you, Raj, you cannot imagine how much I really enjoyed reading about your education in India! And I want to say your good education really shines through in your blog writing! (Both in terms of your English AND your ideas!)

    I find your description of education in India similar to the United States in one way–it is bottom up (each state deciding its own standards, as opposed to top-down pronouncements from a Minister of Education). There are advantages and disadvantages to each system.

    Best regards,
    Margot

  10. british-skool-girl says:

    Any tips on how to pick up the general idea of the French revolution? (8th grade standard…)

    Thankyou.

  11. British-skool-girl,

    You can take a look at the following sites for details about the French Revolution:

    1) http://www.mrdowling.com/705-frenchrevolution.html – this site offers a very brief summary of the Revolution and it was written by a history teacher specifically for school students

    2) http://www.geocities.com/thefrenchrevolution/index.html – a good site that offers a general idea about the French Revolution

    3) http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-FrenchRe.html – a brief description from The Columbia Encyclopædia

    4) http://www.answers.com/topic/french-revolution – slightly more detailed version of events from answers.com

    5) http://chnm.gmu.edu/revolution/index.html – a good resource for those who want to learn about the Revolution, a bit long but enjoyable nevertheless

    Cheers!

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