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  • Writer's pictureVrinda Singh Chauhan

Are we Independent?

"It's like celebrating my 72nd birthday and I am craving to be raised from the beginning again", Voice of every Indian on this Independence day.

It's 72nd Independence Day. Yes! I am proud to be a countrymen of this glorious nation. Yes! I respect the sacrifices and struggles made to free "India" from the clutches of the British Empire. Do you know? This day to Britishers is as significant as to Indians. Now Do you know Why?

It was on 3rd June, 1947, that Lord Mount Batten announced, "No more Bloodshed and riots". However, the freedom night gives us lot of reason to despair and mourn the deaths of those who were killed in communal massacre at the time of partition. So then Why, 15th August, 1947, was so special to be a date of freedom for the brown skins? Lord Mountbatten was asked this question and he quoted, "The date I chose came out of the blue. I chose it in reply to a question. I was determined to show I was master of the whole event. When they asked had we set a date, I knew it had to be soon. I had not worked it out exactly then-I thought it had to be about August or September and I then out to the 15th August. Why? Because it was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender."

So, now you know, Why we celebrate 15th August as Independence Day in India? You must have also hoisted the national flag, galvanizing in the nation-address of our honorable Prime-Minister. The celebrations will continue throughout the day with sweet distributions and stage programs by both children and adults. And then this historical and resurrection day will come to an end.

But, the question which jeopardized my brains today is, "Are we Independent, Really?

Before, I present my views on our current stats of Independence, let's try understanding the meaning of Independence. Since, Wikipedia is the most used source of Information, I use the Wikipedia definition here, which goes like this-

"Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory".

I ran across this interesting word, "SELF-CONTROL", in this definition. The other word sovereignty has also lot to do with self-control. Isn't it?

Nevertheless, the question which is of 72 pennies today is, "Do Indians have any control on what has been happening since last 72 years? Do, we really get to exercise our wishes in the common interest of the country?"

The answer is no. No! even with the most powerful weapon, The Right To Vote. This is not a blame game, no government to be blamed. This is a question of introspection, because we can only muse on the freedom fighter that too on days you can count on fingers but can't follow their footprints. And if you can't follow their ideologies, it's better you don't remember them with exhibitionist remembrance.

One of the timid reformer and the current honorable prime minister of India, "Mr. Narendra Modi is a staunch follower of Swami Vivekananda. The PM guides and leads the nations but fails to highlights the major problems of the country irrespective of communism. Do we need to divide the country in religions to solve the Catch-22 situations? Is seizing criticism for justifying conquest, ethical?

The 72 years old Indian have turned intolerant and are turning their backs on secularism. The biggest democracy of the world is now open to blatant lies. Our debates are more of a battlefields of meaningless chatter boxes now where we represent hypocrisy and no democracy.

Today, the Nation wants to know, How nation manages its historic appetite on the midnight speech of the first Prime minister of Independent nation?

Stop being shouted down now and start talking for a change.

Identify your Independence and at least be Independent in your 70s' on this Independence Day. Jai Hind.

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