What is the most common spectacle we witness on Independence Day besides the usual flag hoisting, army parades, patriotic speeches about our freedom fighters or movies about our struggle for freedom? Every one of us would have seen little boys and girls of our age or even younger sell flags and badges at the traffic signals. For those children, Independence Day is merely a time of the year when they run to vehicles standing at the signal and plead the people to buy something from them so that at least that way they can get some money. Now this raises a major question, has India got independence and freedom in the true sense? It does not seem so. In the last century, India was fighting against men from a foreign land. Today she is fighting against poverty and corruption prevalent among men in her own land. A Roman orator once said “Freedom is a package deal it comes with responsibilities and consequences”. Have we Indians taken up the responsibilities of being a free Nation seriously? The answer is too obvious. No, India can be called a free and independent Nation only when she is free from the bondage imposed on her by her own children. Only we can free our mother land from this bondage. Act now. How long will you sleep on a national holiday? Isn’t 64 years enough?
Where the mind is without fear
By Rabindranath Tagore
|Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.