Today is India’s Independence Day, the great hoodwink that politicians use to fool commoners like me. Okay, the day is good, great, after all it’s every human beings right to be independent, forget about a whole nation.
I am proud to be an Indian but I really don’t see any reason to go gaga over Independence Day or republic day. Republic day is a farce when the people are not at all aware of their rights. Independence Day is constant reminder of a disgrace- that we were once conquered by a button sized nation that used our weaknesses against us and kept us under their control for centuries. When we became independent we promptly erased the promises we made to our martyrs and started to exploit the freedom.
India has achieved a lot, there is no doubt about that and every Indian should be smug about that, but, the things that rob us of that happiness is the scary level of corruption, lack of moral values of masses and the brutal disparity in distribution of national income. Okay I don’t think a grasshopper deserves a share in the toil of ants, but should an ant that is weak; incapable of feeding itself will be starved to death while other ants feed caviar to their pet worms? If the society was a bit less biased the rich ant would have fed his pet worm pet food and the poor ant would have been able to give his family a square meal- say simple, nutritious meal and a shelter on their head plus clothes. The next rung comes later- education and medical expenses. But every living thing should have shelter, food and clothes/feathers/hair.
Let’s hope that our future generation will work against corruption and other social shames and make us smug to say that we are Indians, and we are super cool.