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The ABC of independence: Happy Independence Day!
As we celebrate our 69th Independence Day, there is a need to understand the concept of independence which is prominently seen as freedom from control and influence of others along with pro-action of doing acts that are desirable and worth doing.

When seen in broader terms, independence is a condition of autonomy of a nation, country, and state, individual or variable. For nations, to be independent, consists of sovereignty over the territory and right for self-governance within the laws of the nations and ethical principles of social justice, collective welfare, equity and inclusion.

According to Mahatama Gandhi, in independent nation, the aim should be the self-governance and it should be firmly held that 'good government is no substitute for self-government'. Dr. BR Ambedkar, the authour of Indian Constitution while emphasizing social equity in Independent India had once said, "So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you."

While describing the vision of independent and ideal India, Sardar Vallabhai, the first home minister of the country had said, "No one would die of starvation in independent India...Its military expenditure would not be heavy. Its army would not subjugate its own people or other lands. Its best-paid officials would not earn a great deal more than its lowest-paid servants. And finding justice in it would be neither costly nor difficult."

Here is my ABC verse on independence to understand the concept in a nutshell.

A: Autonomyand freedom from control

B: Being objectiveand not under obligation to others

C: Capabilityto act on one's own.

D: Democraticand decentralized governance that is self-sufficient, self-contained and self-reliant

E: Equitywith impartial, just, fair and welfare-based governance

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