The moment the slave resolve that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall . He frees himself and shows the ways to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states - Mahatma Gandhi
Today we are meeting with this historic day once again. It is a time when the tide of patriotism surges exponentially. It is a time when we acknowledge ourselves as a nation ( although for rest of the year it is the states, religion, and geographical areas which represents and governs us).
The magic of this date 15, August is such that the years accompanying this date fade away in the sand of time but 15 Aug outshines as always. Perhaps because of its worth . Perhaps because it deserves. It is not an ordinary date embedded in the calendar with a red hue indicating a – holiday, rather a symbol of great ‘turning point’ in the world’s history which redefined and showcased many things to the world simultaneously –‘ freedom and democracy with dignity’.
The day 15 august 1947 is unparalleled in the history of our nation. We are enjoying the fruits of liberty, just because our freedom warriors who dared to sow the seeds of freedom into the brazen land of slave mind.
Even as, we are observing and celebrating ‘our Independence Day’, we must pause and introspect for few reasons in such ways ; what kind ( quality ) of freedom are we enjoying ? Is it just that we can roam around anywhere , speak anything, express anything or business anywhere? Is the freedom merely means the absence of slavery from white skinned foreigners who were strangers to us for all those long years?
While exploring these few questions, we would obviously land on a big – NO. What we are consuming ( let alone enjoying ) today, is the superficial and subverted form of our most hallowed Freedom , which was bestowed on us by our forefathers through their unparallelled sacrifices.
If we flip through the pages of oxford dictionary for the word freedom, we would find some comprehensive definitions of it. Which reveals an astonishing contrast and strange paradox of our own defined freedom.
1- The state of not being prisoner or slave-
Although, today we may not be equated or counted as slave or prisoners as a whole . Yet , if not half, then a significant part of that half population comprising of women are forced to live under the clouds of different modern sorts of slavery and virtual prisons.The remaining vestiges of feudal mindset, rotten social norms, and unbridled patriarchal structure are swift enough to overpower and enslave the aspiration of women belonging to different age groups from all strata of society.
2- The state of not being affected by the things – Fear/ Pain/ Hunger.
In his speech in Jauary1958, Martin Niemoller a German anti-Nazi theologian said ,” Ask the first man you meet what he means by defending freedom, he will tell you privately he means defending the standard of living”.
We must concede this brutal truth that we are still a nation of helpless poor people. Despite of, the glitz of globalization and enticing GDP figures, this poor man is striving really very hard - first to fend for himself and family and then maintaining a standard of living. Few fortunate , today , enjoys an stable standard of living. Few gadgets in hands and increased purchasing power can not, in any way, outdo the quality of standard of living”.
3- The right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you -
As George Orwell says, ‘ freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four . if that is granted, all else follows.’ .What is visible today, a few mortals enjoy special prerogative to say ‘two plus two makes four’.
Merely executing the rituals of “ independence day “ is as hypocritical as worshiping the idol without addressing the ever present soul behind it. It makes the entire process futile. Number of years does not guarantee the true wisdom. This we have to understand first as an individual and as a nation as well.
The pillar of democracy can not stand on the sand of shallow and rotten values but on the rocks of true national wisdom, which emanates from the mental liberty of an individual.The onus lies on our shoulder to preserve the few remaining traces of our glorious past, which always taught us to value and celebrate the freedom of an individual which results into an unfading – National Emancipation .
A Song of Freedom.....
A molten beauty
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!!!
A molten beauty
of an evening
in the cage of a tyrant scorching day
in a solitude
finds itself in a timeless dismay.
there is a carnival
to the other side of the wall
to the other side
before the joy of-
silently decay ........
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!!!