Independence Day (15th August) is observed to commemorate India's the independence from British rule in 1947 which was achieved through nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by Mahatama Gandhi and other freedom fighters.
On the eve of Independence Day, India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech proclaiming independence and said, “It is fitting that at this solemn moment, we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity." But, it seems that this pledge have proved to be hollow words and nothing more. Corruption has become rampant which has put indendence of the nation in peril and politics has been criminalized.
Now, it seems to me that the celebration have turned into a uninspiring ritual of the prime minister hoisting the Indian flag on the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi and making a speech that tends to highlight the past year's achievements with emergent issues and developments.
Historians and political analysis’s hold that independence is often regarded as a national setup to exercise self-government in a state of sovereignty over its territory. They caution that when independence is misused and not safeguarded properly, separatist movements in a nation can extend from peaceful demonstrations to a violent civil war.
Here are a few pertinent quotes to mull over to understand the true value of independence.
-Eddie Rickenbacker: The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt: True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
-Ho Chi Minh: Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty.
-J. Reuben Clark: It is the union of independence and dependence of these branches - legislative, executive and judicial - and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them.
-Stephen Breyer: Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.