Independence Day 2020
We, the proud citizens of India, breathe in freedom since 73 years now. Declaration of independence on 15th August, 1947, was just the sweet fruit of a very long struggle as stated in the History. Although in reality, it was nothing short of a revolution. Countless people whose names are marked nowhere gave up their families, their careers, their lives to make our reality and their dream happen. What the leaders of the past went through is beyond our imagination, let alone words. Just listening to their legends gives goosebumps to even children.
Amidst the discussion of our phenomenal, powerful and unsettling spirit of India of the past, what we often overlook is the present.
Are the lives that we are living the ones of the dreams of our great revolutionaries?
Does celebration of independence mean waving the Tricolour for two days every year?
Is the sacred constitution enough to keep our independence safe?
Will we ever be truly independent?
Answers to these questions might differ from person to person but what is essential is to keep asking these questions.
We, as responsible citizens, should not only focus on enjoying our rights but also consider living by our duties. The realisation of the power that a single vote holds is light. To make what you choose, do that which is in the favour of the nation, is removing darkness.
Also, there is ambiguity between supporting a political party and getting blinded towards the harm that it does to our nation. It is necessary to realise this and stop living in denial of any kind.
“Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong.”
The gravity of these words by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been unfelt since a very long time now. So let’s try not to compromise with the wrongs that are done to us, to any citizen of our nation or to the economy, prosperity or any other vital organ of our nation. Let’s not be criminals, let’s not settle with anything other than true independence.
Penned by Srishti Yadav