IS THERE FREEDOM IN INDIA?
I am thrilled that after a couple of days on 15th August 2020, we Indians would be saluting our Tricolor flag (called TIRANGAA- in the Hindi language) and holding a small flag of India, made of paper in our hand. Many children would be excited to attach small sized Indian flags as badge to their upper garment and this badge proclaims their love for their motherland India. School campuses would be adorned with small sized flags of India and exquisite decorations in Saffron, White and Green color. School campuses will echo our melodious national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with pride, after the auspicious flag hoisting ceremony. If we talk about the flag hoisting ceremony to be conducted on a large scale, then who can forget our honorable Prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi unfurling our flag every year at Red fort in Delhi. However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, I wonder if the above mentioned ways of celebrating Independence day would be affected.
What is the significance of ‘Independence day’ in India ?
Everyone knows that Independence day is celebrated as the end of India’s dependence on the British rule and, FREEDOM from the merciless clutches of the British raj which existed prior to 1947. But do Indians remember the SACRIFICE of our freedom fighters who sacrificed their life so that we the future generation celebrates Freedom and Independence? Many of us do not remember the turmoil that our Freedom fighters have been through, the number of times they were put behind the bars and the physical assault they were subjected to, at the hands of the British officers in that era. We should value the sacrifice of the real Freedom fighters of our country. We should inculcate their Patriotism in our spirit.
How can we value the SACRIFICE of the real freedom fighters of our country? First and Foremost, why am I assigning the adjective ‘REAL’ to Freedom fighters? I will answer the second question prior to answering the first one. There were some vested interests who claimed themselves to be Freedom fighters and rose to powerful positions post Independence, in spite of not contributing towards India’s Freedom movement. Their heirs are devoted to making their political party stronger, instead of being involved in making the country stronger.
I will now answer the question on how should we value the sacrifice of our REAL Freedom fighters. We Indians can value their sacrifice by practicing ‘COMMUNAL HARMONY’, by enhancing our RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE and by not being the cause of Violence in the country. In recent times, we Indians have failed to maintain UNITY IN DIVERSITY, since some of us fuelled the fire of COMMUNAL VIOLENCE which engulfed property, life and peace in our country. It is tragic that our Freedom fighters acquired INDEPENDENCE and FREEDOM by treading the path of NON-VIOLENCE and we Indians are indulging in random heinous acts of VIOLENCE which has triggered TERRORISM in our motherland. Have the citizens of post-Independent India been good citizens?
What can we do to become good citizens of our country?
We will value the sacrifice of our FREEDOM FIGHTERS if we are patriotic citizens on all days , other than our INDEPENDENCE DAY. Yes, why does the PATRIOTIC fervor exist only on the INDEPENDENCE DAY? What happens to the PATRIOTIC FERVOR on other days? We Indians need not end our life to prove our love for our country, but we can practice COMMUNAL HARMONY and enhance our RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE . But doing this is not sufficient to be a good citizen. We should follow laws of our Indian legislation. We should avoid indulging in illegal activities like Drug trafficking, Child trafficking and Terror attacks. Some of our Indian citizens are responsible for certain Acts of terror which ravaged several lives.
Is there 100% FREEDOM in India?
My answer to the above question is NO!
India is yet to gain
FREEDOM from the clutches of Corruption,
FREEDOM from the yoke of Poverty,
FREEDOM from the fear of molestation, rapes, child sexual abuse;
FREEDOM from the racket of Child trafficking,
FREEDOM from the racket of Drug trafficking,
FREEDOM from the tragedy of Farmer suicides,
FREEDOM from the fire of Terrorism which engulfs life and property,
FREEDOM from the delays in Judiciary system processes;
FREEDOM from the trap of Reservations in Education and Employment;
FREEDOM from the tragedy of Student suicides,
FREEDOM from the darkness of Unemployment,
& last but not the least
FREEDOM from the novel Corona virus
If India gets FREEDOM from all of the above, then India would become a happy SUPERPOWER and would soon find a place for itself in the category of DEVELOPED nations.
Is it possible for us to achieve FREEDOM from all of the above?
My answer to the above question is YES! We can achieve FREEDOM from all of the above problems, although we should remember that achieving FREEDOM from these problems will take some time. But first, we should accept that the above mentioned problems are BIG problems and should start working towards solving each one of them.
We need not wait for our political leaders to put an end to these problems. We can start fighting these problems on an individual basis, because ‘Charity begins at home’.
We should follow Laws and Rules of the Legislation, if we really want to put an end to many of the above mentioned problems. If we Indians refrain from indulging in illegal activities, the crime rate in India would decrease and gradually will become ZERO.
The aim to put an end to these problems should bind each one of us and keep us UNITED! If we are united in fighting these problems and if we are cooperative with each other, we would be able to fight these problems which would make India a secure and safe country for everyone. We would soon find our country INDIA in the category of ‘Developed nations’.