Individuality, impartiality, and objectivity are few words that can be used to replace the expression 'Independence'. Nowhere could I find or for that matter relate independence with just freedom from the foreign rule.
Proud, contented, and
buoyant are we to be Indians. I am, however, worried about the rest
of the year. From 16th
August 2014 till the 69th
Independence Day, would we carry the same feeling, joy, and
patriotism? Ask yourself once that beyond being Indian, are you a
Until when would we relate this day with just
the battle against the British? Does independence in our dictionary
only know one connotation? When would we step ahead and talk of
fairness, open-mindedness, and justice and dignity for all?
word of PM Narendra Modi?s speech demands sincere elucidation.
Explicit mention of all that he conveyed to the nation in his first
Independence Day speech is for sure not necessary as his message must
have reached all Indian men and women via one or the other source. I
would, however, talk about his concern for those basic needs viz.
Lavatories for girls, cleaner India, freedom to daughters, and
dignity of farmers.
A day prior to the 15th
of 1947, Mahatma Gandhi shared his mixed feelings, wherein he was
happy about the end of British rule; however was depressed about the
partition. And are we not struggling with similar issues even today?
Right to equality, Right to freedom of speech and expression, Right
against exploitation, Freedom of religion, and Cultural and
Educational Rights are guaranteed to all Indians by the Constitution
Then why aren?t girls and the poor able to make
use of their rights? Why is the common man afraid of challenging the
wrongs of politicians and criminals? And why are basic needs still
beyond reach for underprivileged?
The question is ?Are we
independent in real sense?? Some of the Indians, running businesses
or employed in an MNC would say ?Yes?. However, what about that
larger chunk which even today lacks the opportunity of viewing PM?s
speech on YouTube?
I do not want
accessibility to Internet for all; but yes, I want even the children
of the farmers and factory workers to search Google for their school
projects. I want that every Indian should have easy access to
information and should know his/ her fundamental rights. Post six
decades of independence, if we are still fighting with evils like
dowry, domestic violence, and female infanticide, are we actually
?Real Independence? is not just freedom from foreign
rule, rather this expression embraces social pluses like dignity for
all men and women, minimal crimes, easy access to basic needs, and
nil demarcation between rich and poor. India may have become an
independent nation in 1947; we still crave for independence for each
and every Indian.
And unless every Indian
is empowered, educated, self-assured, and above all, realizes his
fundamental duties towards the nation, real independence will remain
unattained. Cleaner politics, true secularism, stable economy, and
resourceful leadership will be the four pillars towards the goal of
realizing real independence.
Transformation, as I believe, has
begun. From the verdict of the general public in the 2014 LS polls to
the extraordinary words of the new PM from the historic Red Fort, it
is evident that we have broadened our views towards real development,
real leadership, real secularism, and real liability towards the
The war against poverty, which I consider as one of the underlying
causes of all evils, has to be won by the new Union government, and
all Indians will have to be the participant. Let?s promise that the
15th August of 2015 will see a revived India
and thriving Indians. Be assured of the fact that with honest and
dedicated endeavors, victory will be ours.