Thursday, August 15, 2013

Independence Day and Independence

Today we are celebrating our 66th Independence Day. We boast of attaining independence on this 15th day of August 1947 and celebrate the occasion with great pleasure and showbiz.

We attend flag hoisting functions and listen to our leaders boasting of our country's development and their illusive contributions with sweet promises of more development if they are voted to power. We utter slogans of "Vande Mataram", "Bharat Mata ki Jai", "Jai Hind", etc. and clap hands at their speeches and return home or watch live telecasts of flag hoisting ceremonies and speeches of CMs, PM and think we have done a lot of Desh Bhakti and feel our duty is over. But this is not enough for your independence

 Where is our Independence? Do we really have it in our real lives?

A look at our society shows how independent we are. There is so much corruption, violence, terror and crime spread all over the society. Public is not safe. There is always fear of danger to lives of innocents. Rapes are becoming common in spite of strict laws. Terrorists and maoists are free to attack at anytime and at anyplace. There is no control on them. Moreover, public and public servants are not free to perform their duties safely and honestly. They get transferred or threatened. People are not free to work in their interested provinces. They are scared of politicians getting them evacuated to their native provinces on bifurcation of states. It appears as if the independence is more for politicians and terrorists to act as per their wishes than for the common public. Corruption is deep rooted in our system.

Economically and politically also we are not so much independent. We have lost the value of our currency and depend on foreign factors controlling our economy. Further, there are continuous insurgencies from neighbour countries on our borders and security of our people is at risk always. So how can we proclaim to be independent in our real lives?

Simply delivering speeches or listening to speeches does not bring us independence. We must act. Each one of us must strive hard to bring real independence to our lives. Our leaders, administration and public should evolve such procedures by implementing which we can feel ourselves to be really free to live with full freedom in our society without the fear of anybody or any factor under some preset moral and ethical norms of society. Each one of us should be very sincere, honest and pure in our thoughts and actions and work unselfishly for betterment of society.