Karta nahin kyun doosra kuch baat cheet,
Dekhta hun main jise voh chup teri mehfil mein hai
Ay shaheed-e-mulk-o-millat main tere oopar nisaar,
Ab teri himmat ka charcha ghair ki mehfil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.”
These lines rang in every Indian’s ears 65 years back, when India was struggling for freedom from the brutal rule of the Britishers. A wave of patriotism and the urge to do anything to make their mother India free from the bondages of the white people was burning inside every Indian. The country was gaining momentum under the leadership of many brave heroes who held the banner loud and clear-“Angrezo Bharat chhodo” or famously also called as “The Quit India” movement. Year 1947 was a historic time in Indian history, not only India became free, but also got divided into two parts- India and Pakistan.
Since then, even today we are still in a war, right from the Kashmir issue to the terrorism that is growing every day, both the countries suffer due to the dirty game of politics. As an Indian we are always taught that Pakistan is our enemy even though neither me nor the people teaching me know even one of Pakistan’s citizen or any of its history. We are least bothered. A wrong decision taken by some politicians 65 years back, is still having a huge impact on all the people living in these countries. Bomb blasts, kidnapping, smuggling and a silent war that our soldiers fight everyday on the border of our country makes me question the integrity of the political system that is running a developing country like India.
Since India became free, it has undergone a total change, a change of values, culture and traditions. It did not happen overnight but took some 65 years to happen. Some changes are appreciable and worth applauding while some of the changes in the society are worth calling devilish. We have fought social stigmas like sati (burning of wife with the dead body of her husband to prove that she can’t survive in a world without his support), female in feticide, child marriages, dowry system, domestic violence and the list is endless. Most of these practices are as a result of the obnoxious Indian culture that says many things that are unacceptable. Some them are-“a wife’s identity is only because of her husband”, if she doesn’t have a husband or if she is a widow, she is looked down upon, The birth of a girl is still considered as a burden and a bad omen, girls and boys younger than even 13 are married due to family commitments. These practices are not followed in the big cities of the country, but are widely followed in the villages where the literacy level is low. We are fighting our level best to end this, but are we trying enough? Are we really doing our bit to put an end to these shameful acts of the society?
There is a small section of the society that is struggling every minute to bring a revolutionary change in the Indian society, people like Anna Hazare and his team, Baba Ramdev and many others who run NGO’s are fighting every minute to get rid of corruption, black money and many other social issues which are prominent everywhere in India. All of them are not right, but they are putting in some efforts and taking some steps forward towards a better India.
The country which Gandhi ji always dreamt of is lost in the clouds of corruption and crime. After 65 golden years of independence, its time that we wake up from slumber and face the hurdles that are yet to be conquered. I know that the patriotism is still there, the slogan-“Bharat mata ki jai”, still rings loud in every Indian’s ears. The need of the hour is to spread awareness and brace ourselves again for a revolution, the revolution that Subhash Chandra Bose once started-“Tum muje khoon do, main tumhe azadi dunga” (give me blood and I will give you freedom). Countless young men gave their lives a century back in search of freedom. Numerous leaders and brave men lead the country towards their ultimate goal of Azadi (freedom).
Today India again needs some heroes, some blood with fire and the wave of change that could make India, ‘The India’ that the heroes of our country sacrificed their lives imagining. We still have tears in our eyes when we recap our country’s history and see the torture that we went through.
That time is here again, a time where we have to raise our voice against injustice and corruption.
It’s time we fight again for our Azadi !!
It’s time 15th August has some more meaning than only a National holiday for relaxing!
I leave with my favourite quote-
“One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives. That is how the wheel of evolution moves on and the ideas and dreams of one nation are bequeathed to the next ”
~Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose