Every year august is a month of sudden rush of patriotism within our souls.........a new sun rises , a new India is born , and with this a few more inspirational vows and promises are made !!! Ironically, to no wonder this sudden deluge dries up in no time.......this is how our Independence Day is celebrated every year.... !!!
Its a fact that even after 63 years of Freedom we are still confused ...if this is the actual freedom we been waiting all long :-/ .....i really don't know what " Independence " word stands for in real , its just that i had been taught since my childhood that i need to celebrate this day , hoist flag and get into line for sweets :-) ! Its just that, except independence day i still feel shame to put the indian flag badge on my dress and roam around because otherwise people gaze at me ! And its just that ,i hear these patriotic songs and watch patriotic movies only on this particular day !
Talking about my experience,yesterday (15th august ) only i got up listening to some familiar music being played loud in a school near my place , and after i got into my concious , to my surprise it was "Vande Matram " in kannada , no offence but m simply worried that if we really live in a secular society ??? These days the prime time stories in television and newspapers include only about the sufferings of people in kashmir.....for no reason these innocent lives are being entertained with their family bereavement everyday . Next headlines focusses on the naxalite attacks....its the most shameful curse , our country is still scared of ! Moving to north-eastern states ,they are like some foreign place for us , rarely we bother to even peep that side , but if someone out of interest is planning for a vacation there , i would like to warn that " discretion is the better part of valour " . Since the scenario are so worst between manipur and nagaland , only some miracle can save them ! Aaahh....forgot to discuss about Caste -based Census , a good way for politicians to earn some more money , and we are fool who are taught that our constitution aims at achieving casteless society.So people....This was something about our so called Secular country :-@ !
Next important thing we should talk about is the Free Education bill ....still waiting for the bill to get implemented , with lots of hope that our future can be brighter with less of impoverished society and more of educated youth ! This i see as the biggest dream @@@ ..... Secondly the inflation hit has become a part and parcel of our life now, India is no more a place for middle-class to live,as poor has learnt the art to survive with hunger and rich are not in the list . But the point is that in mid of this prise rise how can someone manage to let the foodgrains rotten in the warehouses , i read that some ministers daily cross that highway , still how can someone ignore such view specially when you have taken the oath to work for this country and its people. These behaviour are something ridiculuos to even comment on . And at last how can i conclude my talks without women enpowerment....this always secures the first position as my favourite subject to debate . I remember when the bill for women reservation was passed....almost two weeks we kept talking about it , but as its our trend, lets just end up these talks on papers . So the list goes endless..........corruption , betrayal , illegal activities , politics , rape , poverty etc etc etc........................thats what we have done for Our India !!!
Now how to end it is a difficult question to even answer . I recently got the opportunity, to read few lines of the speech Mr Jawaharlal Nehru gave, on the occasion our country got freedom ,which i would like to share :
" The Appointed Day has come -the day appointed by destiny , and India stands forth 'again after long slumber and struggle awake , vital , free and independent. The past clings on to us still insome measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken.Yet the turning point Is past , history begins a new, for us, the history which we shall live and act , and others will write about.
It is fateful moment for us in India , for all Asia and for the world. A new star rises , the star of freedom in the east , a new hope comes into being , a vision long cherished materialises. Maythe star never set and that hope never be betrayed.
We rejoice freedom even though clouds surrounds us, and many of our people are sorrow stricken and difficult problems encompass us. But freedom brings responsibilities and burden and we have to face them in the spirit of a free and disciplined people.
The future beckons to us.Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour ? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man , to the peasants and workers of India.To fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease . To build up a prosperous , democratic ,and progressive nation , and to create social , economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman.
We have hard work ahead . There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country , on the verge of bold advance , and we have to live up to that high standards .All of us to whatever religion we may belong are equally the children of India with equal rights , privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness,for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.
To the nations and people of world we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate , with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.
And to India, our much -loved motherland , the ancient , the eternal and the ever-new , we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service ...............!!! "
So this defines FREEDOM for me ,which is yet to be achieved , and therefore i believe that our Independence Day is yet to come when every soul on this land can smile from heart with no worries in mind . Its a big dream for all of us but that's what Life's is all about - never ending imaginations......for ourselves, our country and our countrymen !!!
:-) Wake up with a promise everyday :-) !!!