HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY???
Am I free to admire the TAJ on a full moon night?
Am I free to choose to walk down a road without getting molested?
Am I free to choose to wear clothes I am comfortable in?
Am I free to go out for a movie without getting raped while returning?
Am I free to express my thoughts without getting arrested?
Today is 15th August 2013, a good 66 years since the British left India. So as per the norms India is not only an adult but is a senior citizen with the understanding, maturity and patience of a saint believing in ‘Live & let live’. But still when ‘Independence Day’ comes to my mind it is followed by the questions I mentioned at the beginning and many more. Infact with every passing moment, with every step that I take out of the house and with every news flash that I read the list is getting longer.
I am sure that with every question that I have asked here an incident came to your mind. Or shall I say accident or maybe event; because that’s how we treat it. Something happens, a lot of uproar is created, promises made and then within a few weeks something else happens we get busy with it like a kid getting a new toy and forgetting everything else. Or some people like me keep on thinking about it and try finding ways to sort things out but due to lack of collective efforts and support from the masses have a limited reach and fail to create a storm. But nonetheless we keep trying. Even with me this happened only gradually and one fine day I put my foot down with a resolve to face anything that comes in the way.
But as they say that to get rid of the poison ivy you have to destroy its roots I tried to figure out the root of the cause. But here I am entangled in the slender branches which are full of tiny pricks that are slowly sucking life out of me and bleeding me to death as I try to figure out how many are there and their point of origin. Then a thought comes to my mind that isn’t this happening to my country too? My motherland I love and adore so much that I simply refuse to leave it and settle abroad; a country where thousands of soldiers are spending their lives protecting us from the enemies and then getting greeted with a comment that people join the armed forces only to die.
Tell me frankly how many of you know what patriotism is? I bet all must be nodding their heads in agreement and thinking oh! What a stupid question, I do know. Now tell me have you ever felt patriotism within you? When was the last time you did something out of that feeling? Never. That’s correct. Never. And still we are happy when 15th August approaches; the reason being the holiday that we will get as it’s a National holiday. Kids get happy coz they get to participate in cultural programs and get sweets and enjoy. Infact they wait for it to come coz for them even the rehearsals for the D Day mean lots of fun and frolic.
Without getting into the details of what all around us bothers me as we all know what I am talking about I just want to think out loud that is this what the Freedom Fighters laid their lives for? Are we worthy of what we received? What is the legacy that we are gonna leave for the generations to come?
Some more articles which give you an incite into our country So few women leaders, Where are the Indian Tigresses? and for something which will really make you think twice try Poverty Line falls to 22%.