Are we Independent?
On 15 August, 1947 India won freedom from the clutches of the British, who ruled us for 190 years, and became independent. On 15 August, 2011 India would be celebrating its 64th year of independence. Like every other year, this year also we would wake up in the morning, wish others Happy Independence Day, put it up as our status message on Facebook, listen to patriotic songs all day long, and go to sleep in the night. Some may also attend flag hoistings in their city. In the end, it will be like any other day of the week. Nothing special.
But, are we actually independent in the true sense of the word? Are we actually free from all worries? Was this the India our founding fathers dreamt of? Was the current situation we live in today their dream for the generations to come? The answer to all the above questions is ‘NO’.
We are not free from corruption at every level. We are not free from the fear of terrorism/terrorist attacks. We are not free from inflation. We are not free from the delay in justice. We are not free from red tapism. We are not free to speak out are heart and mind without the fear of getting arrested. Like these examples there may be many, many more. But we don’t know when will we be free and independent of them. It is true that we were born free, but it is also true that in the present times were are living in chains.
India became independent 64 years ago. But since then we are living in chains. The day India becomes free from corruption, terrorism, inflation, red tapism and such other vices, which have been eating away this country from the inside, that will be the day we would become independent once again, and that too in the true sense of the word. India was once known as the ‘golden bird’. It can be known as the ‘golden bird’ once again.