India, steps onto her 71st Year since Independence. From the filthy hands of the Britishers, it has been seventy long years when Indians together chanted “Go Back, Simon!”, when Indians together marched the greatest Salt Movement walking for almost a month, continuously and brought Independence to our Motherland. And ever since then, there has been no set backs. The blood, sweat, hardship leaders, fighters, and the people gave for the land, should never regret later. That’s always on the shoulder of every Indian today, tomorrow and always. Indian history is known to almost every Indian. How the great warriors struggled and fought for the country. Let it be the once who fought wars, or the ones who masterminded everything. From the scale of zero to ten, every categorised people were equal when it came to seek Independence, or send the British long away from the Indian soil. Ofcourse, there were diversities. Also, when there is diversity, there will be disputes. Religious disputes were common. But, to achieve certain ambition, certain disputes were buried.
Hindu and Muslims, who’ve today started to fight amongst themselves, were then under the same umbrella. Can’t we do that today? Why create these differences, when both are like the beautiful cloud and it’s reflection back on water? During the period when India was fighting for her Independence there were too, people who tried to instigate the mob but the power of Indians weren’t that weak to easily get instigated. Yes, father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi was the person who brought the diversities together to call them as Indians.
So, my question today is, are we really INDEPENDENT?
I’m a seventeen years old. So, being a Humanities student, I’m very much keen about knowing about our “Indian” society. About, what our people think of our Independence.
The most probable irony today is, “ How do we celebrate Independence Day? “
Unlike, most of the other countries celebrate Independence Day, lighting their cities, towns, bursting fireworks, beautifying their own places, organising different shows and programmes at their homes and several other places, we do the opposite in India. I’m seventeen, and so far as I remember, every Independence Day has been like, “ Don’t go out, specifically today! “ There are stereotypes which I can’t really figure out. The fear from bomb blasts during Independence Day, is the only tremor for Indians, specially something we Assamese people hold. We first of all, should be fearless on celebrating this special eve. What has been our daily schedule regarding Independence Day? Wake up, Turn on the TV, watch Doordarshan what the Prime Minister speaks on his/her special speech. There are no other celebrations. Justified? We are bound to stay inside and not even celebrate the day when we gained Independence.
Are these actually celebrations? When our India lost 63 babies, due to the mischievous and immature mistake made by the Government, what’s the use of celebrating the country’s Independence. There are no measure taken, no precautions, nothing. Will we move forward?
We consider India, as a Female figure. We term India, as “Mother” India. This is a place where women are worshipped. Then why so wrong happening with women only? The injustice women face today, is a serious threat to the country’s independence. It is easy to call yourself a “Proud Indian” on these specific days, but really hard to bring out the “wrongs” happening.
Discrimination. Secularism. Communal Violence.
100s of People were killed in the name of religion. Religion in a sense that they were Muslims. They were alleged to be carrying Beef and so were killed? How come we say, our Fundamental Rights aren’t violated?
There are so many differences around, regarding caste, gender and what not?
The Reservation, that happens only in India, is something that is holding the entire development procedure of the country. To promote a person belonging to a backward class is alright, but when he/she becomes successful or gain the abilities to fulfil their own needs, what is the requirement of Reservation for their children? Provide Reservation but it shouldn’t be hierarchy, unlike the dynasty politics that also happens in India.
Here are some of the feedbacks, my friends on my social handles shared:
Nandan Das, “Not at all independent , in every step one or the other will judge you or stop you to do that”
Hrishikesh Aadee Kalita “No we are not independent till that day when the girls of India could come out from their home without any fear ….. If they can’t in this 70th years of independence neither a single girl nor the country have the right to celebrate The Independence Day ….”
Jyoti Prasad Nath “No, we are not. Sometimes we are held hostage to some pre-medieval ideas and sometimes bound by our present political system.”
Anuja Bhuyan “Although the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution are enjoyed by the Citizens but there are still limitations to it. Freedom of expression is mostly curbed in several instances.Right against exploitation doesn’t work in letter and spirit..Girls are often exploited.Female foeticide is still prevalent in remote parts and in certain cases even prevalent in the educated classes too.Despite emphasising in secularism, we often witness the tendency of religious as well as communal clashes.
But despite all odds ,leaving aside the negative aspects ,after seventy years of independence ‘,we as Indians can still boast of our Unity in diversity …”
Rupam Kumar Das “bharat swadhin hoisil 15august 1947t, aru aji 14August 2017.. bidexi mukto hoisil bharat kintu axom ajir tarikhot bidexi mukto buli kobo pari ne??
engrajor provab imane j teoluke d thua vakha engraji aji ami protitu jagat bebohar koribo loga hoi, amar matri vakha ba rashtriyo vakhatu kio nu ami tenekua k protisthito koribo para nai 70 bosoriya swadhin bharatot”
Gyanjyoti Borah “navabu independent buli.. atiaw axom ole sua rajtantra soli ase. ai2 gonotontro buli koi ne.
Indian r ji2 dirty politics dekhi a ahise sob a. Congress vl asil buli nkw kin2 BJP a j slow poison d ase kunu dhoriboi pora nai..
bidexi ane k ahi a thibo. kisumn fB t group ase. saba sun. kobo npai but m** kita k kati singi pelai dbo mn nai.. Immmn a bea mentality”
Asom Bhumiputro “No… I dont think we(northeast) are independent…”
Dhiraj Dev “We never were n we are not independent even today. Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha rightly said ” yeh azadi jhootha hain”. This freedom is farce.”
Hrishikesh Sandilya “real Independence is economic, as long as we neglect entepreneuership, business& support Bandho, Pratibaad we’ll nott achieve real Independence”
BhuYan “We are yet to gain true independence. Independence is when d old/young, male/female can walk on d streets w/out fear anywhere in India. When a hardworking person can make a decent living. When there is an efficient govt mechanism that individual rights r not crushed.”
Often we raise our voice but we are defeated, we are cheated. Why truth should always be hidden, and one must favour evil. A year full of independence, is better than a day full of independence. Being Independent, won’t let you think for a second before speaking up your views. Today, even speaking up from our “Personal Social Sites” is a crime. People started carrying certificates to certify you as a Patriot, as an anti-nationalist, as a nationalist and what not? Values of Human life has decreased, and values of cattle and cow have increased. This is the Irony of India at 70.
The only thing that is ruining India is the dirty politics, which is sort of the same as once Britishers did, fooling common Indians. We, as citizen should remember that, we all hold the RIGHT TO VOTE. We must not forget that, the people governing us, are the people we brought to power. They are not our masters, but we are their masters. India at 70, is a tragedy. It should’ve been a day to celebrate. But, the Gorakhpur Incident, Assam Flood, and so many incidents taking place at various states of India, needs to be focused on. Kindly, for the sake of the country’s Independence, switch on for knowing what’s happening wrong, and what’s happening right. We all must progress, rather than messed ourselves into a system where, illiterates are the masters, and literates are the slaves.