64 years of Independence still doesn’t make any big difference to the meaning of being Independent. Though I was born after Independence but thanks to our Bollywood movies which platter the complete post and pre Independence scenario and those school books telling the stories of our respected freedom fighters.
Yes, you are free to slam the glasses of buses on roads, you are free to kick and punch poor rickshaw drivers, you are free to shutter down the shops, you are free to do Bandh and you are free to do any violence in the name of religion, caste and state if and only if you represent a political party.
If you don’t belong to a political party and still you dare to question a politician about all this violent drama then the answer you will receive is “We are representing local Indians” hey! Did any local Indian citizen want to kill his neighbor? Does any local Indian want to destroy public property? Did any local Indian see other Indian state as a foreign land or any non-state person as a foreigner?
Then how politicians are representing us in such a way?
If I go to police station to report a complaint against anyone I may end up my whole day answering their several questions as if I myself did something wrong coming to them. I might also stay whole night in lock-up but they will not act as a police who help citizens but a police who overpower citizens.
A true example: Two of my nephews one 9 and other 11yrs old came running to my home, they were scared and when I asked the reason they innocently replied “We were going home but we saw some policemen on road, we got scared and came running to get a shelter.” these kids are not criminal then why they behaved like that?
Ok, I know very well that not every politician is bad nor every policeman is corrupt. We have example of dot less politicians like our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and policeman like Kiran Bedi.
All over a common Indian citizen is not Independent; I have grown up seeing how people bribe for every small and big thing, how poor is getting poorer and rich, richer. The true Independence is only for those who can buy every non-saleable thing with their money.
What about those who live their life to fulfill some very basic need of their families? What about those who are unhappy with being so un-independent?
I seriously don’t have answers to my own questions. I am looking for a peaceful way to getting back that freedom which I never had. However, I believe that one day no children will fear policemen, no poor will be afraid of going to police station and no political parties will wrongly represent citizens.
Still, I love my India and I salute the martyrs of Indian Freedom.
Happy Independence Day!