This was day India attained freedom from British rule in 1947 after decades. The story of India, British rule, attaining Independence, the people who worked for it is legendary. Reading through all those stories really makes me proud and sad at the same time. The heights of struggles and sacrifices the citizens then of India went through are just…unexplainable. How determined they were to sacrifice their lives so that at least the future generation lives freely. The stories of such legends are taught in school, made movies on and appreciated in every political speech. Their statues and memorials are made in many places.
But the question is….Are we really respecting the struggles they went through? Is India really independent?
If so why do we still see women, children and old people begging on streets?
Why is bribery a must to get your things done?
Why women are still killed in the name of dowry?
Why couples are killed in the name of love?
Why is a woman not safe in her own house even in broad day light?
Why do criminals walk free and innocents get punished?
Why does it take such long time to get justice?
The list could just go on. But what’s the main reason for all this happening??? Wait!! Before pointing the Government, let’s take a look at ourselves first! ‘What did we do?’ would be the question in your minds now.
We are all equally responsible for the situation of our country today. Why? Because we have forgotten what humanity is! We are all so busy in our own lives, our money, our children, their future and that’s it! We see all kinds of news, pity them, and maybe talk to a friend about it and then just move on.
And the sense of feeling ‘I am an Indian’ is not there in most people. Indians have lots of cultures, languages and traditions. Instead of being proud of our country’s diversity, these are made fun of by its own citizens.
The most irritating factor I have seen myself is the North Indian South Indian fights! Illiterate people can be excused on basis of lack of knowledge, but it’s just so ridiculous and cheap to see educated people fight and pass comments on each other’s language and cultures. People are not bothered to help each other, but when it comes to commenting and seeing faults in each other, they are all very excited! Sick!
Same goes with religion and caste. I have seen parents advising their children not to keep friendship with people of other religion. And sometimes maybe same religion, but due to caste differences such advises are given. From the younger age such things are fed into children’s mind. And it grows with them, sometimes to worse extends.
Then comes the struggles of women and children which are just countless. In one place we can see Indian women becoming successful in every field and on the other end treated ruthlessly. Even now there are places in India where girls are not send to school, married off at young age to men double their age and beaten up (and in worst cases killed) in dowry problem. We are in such a generation where newborn babies get raped!!
Just how do we celebrate Independence Day happily!?
All are busy pointing at each other instead of understanding and standing together. These fights about differences can be seen in children, students, work places, women and at the end the Government as well. So it’s just not Government’s fault our country is this way. We all are at fault! If we can change this, we can save our country. We need to understand that unity and brotherhood is strength. And no power can destroy it!
The unity people had during independence is not there now. They would be ashamed of us today. This is not why they gave up their lives. This is not the country they dreamed of. The one condition British kept for leaving India is to separate India into two – India and Pakistan. Muslims were to live in Pakistan and Hindus in India. From then on started the fights between these two countries, religion, caste and languages! So easily our forefathers fell into this trap and up to this day fight.
We got independence but lost unity!
How do we celebrate this day?