The national anthem is sung by the whole nation, patriotic songs are playing all over, The National flag has been hoisted at places and children are seen waving the Indian Flag at each other.
But is this really Independence?
Are we free and independent from corruption? From poverty? From the rising inflation? other countries have set up their industries in our country, from toothpastes to automobiles, everywhere, Indians are paying other nations and boosting their economy.. is that freedom? Aren't we still slaves to all of the above? Of course you all know the answer to this don't you? Nothing new huh??
So?? Should we still celebrate independence?
The blood they shed, the agony they went through was because they wanted our country to be 'Independent' they wanted the people in our nation to live in peace.
If they were alive, I'm sure it would have pained them to see that the common man in our nation is being stamped upon by our Government which only looks after it's own needs. Indians fighting against Indians. What could be more shameful?
Whilst our politicians are busy fighting within themselves and are busy yelling how they are right, our nation is being attacked from outside. Unprovoked attacks from Pakistan are being tackled by our army men and even as I write this, a brave soldier is being injured or shot down dead at the border. China has started claiming an Indian territory as their own. I don't blame any other nation but my own for this plight.
I won't write flowery poems about how I love my nation and how much of a huge patriot I am because the fact that I am writing this post, says it all and I know that you all love India as much as I do.
When people say, "Iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta" (Nothing good can happen in this country) it literally means that they are giving up on our nation.
If we want things to change, "we" ourselves must be the change.
You and me, we all are the change. We can't expect the nation to change unless we ourselves do, because we are a part of it. So the next time you see someone give a bribe, stop them, next time, you can choose to buy an Indian brand of soap! Vote!and vote for the right people! Small things matter! Or you could take part in initiatives like VFBI (volunteer for better India, an initiative by the NGO Art Of Living.) When we decide to be the change, there are so many options available and open to us!
Just like charity begins at home, I would say even 'change' begins at home. I am not saying that we should disrespect foreign culture or people. Each culture, each civilization has something good and we should adopt the good from all around the world.
The mindset that "It's okay if I don't change myself, someone else is out there to do this kind of work"
or the mindset that "even if I do my job as an Indian , there are people out there who don't do it, so my contribution won't matter anyway, so forget it!" This mindset is what is stopping some of us.
It's high time that we forgot our differences and stood as one. One spirit ties us all together.. The spirit of patriotism, the spirit of the nation, the spirit which speaks of our "Indian-ness" Let's all be small ripples who create a huge wave of change. Let's all make India "Independent" in the true sense and let's honour the blood which was shed by our ancestors. Jai Hind!