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Is India Independent?

With a clear sense of uncertainty in the air, maybe, we Indians need another struggle of freedom in order to get rid of all the caste and religion based politics....

By BN Sinha, New Delhi

Today on the 15th of August 2008, India is celebrating its 61st Independence Day and as usual all the Government authorities have organized various functions to celebrate, so also the school children will be accumulated in their respective schools to register their presence for the Independence Day celebration. But all will take place in an official way. So far the common Indian is concerned, especially the urban Indian, it is just another holiday to relax. This time it is a bonus as it falls on the weekend and two more holidays follow the Independence Day. So Indians are on a real jubilant mood and euphoria.

It can be noticed that after sixty years of Independence, the socio political scenario in India has significantly plummeted. There is a clear sign of lack of harmony as more of differences have been noticed among the inhabitants of various demography, irrespective of caste and creed. The political system has deteriorated over the years as we experience more of caste based politics and religious fanaticism and our so called political organizations are leaving no stone unturned to add fuel to the fiasco. They are more concerned about the power game as at times their act registers more of inhumanity as people dies on road blockage, being deprived of timely medical attention, due to strike etc. Crores of tax payer's money been burned up as protesters destroy the national assets as a mode of protest.

Twenty first century India is in complete chaos. A recent comment by a judge of a higher court says, " Even God can not save India from these politicians".

Notwithstanding, still a sense of nationalism exists in every Indian when it comes to the issues of national interest or when we negotiate internationally. We are multi lingual, yet we unitedly digest the melodramatic daily soaps that come in the idiot box in our national language Hindi, and we all shout together whenever there is a six registered by our millionaire cricket stars in a T20 cricket match, so also we register our protest together when the inflation hits over our head.

With a clear sense of uncertainty in the air, maybe, we Indians need another struggle of freedom in order to get rid of all the caste and religion based politics. To get rid of the anti national agitations, to get rid of the politicians who are not even aware of the author of our beloved National Anthem.

More steps are required to cultivate and ignite patriotism other than hiking the salary on the eve of Independence Day, foreseeing the general election. Independence Day is just not the day we pay homage to our national heroes or to murmur two lines of the National Anthem. It has to be more than that. We need to introspect , more of measures are indispensable to take the nation forward to make a united India .

Critics may say India need more of T20 international cricket matches to get all the Indians united, irrespective of caste and dogmas.

Happy Independence Day to all.



  1. Honestly speaking, I won't blame today's politicians for the current scenario...They are nothin but remnants of the seeds sown in the first Political party consisting of our so called leaders by the british rule...

    If a slave wants freedom from his master, he can snatch it not beg for it...Our leaders followed the same type of structure in creating the government as the british, agreed to the conditions laid by them to separate India and Pakistan...Now, why would someone agree to sacrifice integrity for the sake of an apparent freedom? It was political greed which engulfed our early leaders and todays politicians are just shadows of those...Our leaders used diplomacy to gain freedom, today's ones are following their footsteps...

    Krantikaris or the Extremist Groups followed the selfless route to gain freedom...They lost their lives for the country...The extremists would not have sacrificed Pakistan to gain freedom...

    I see independence as a Black Day in the history of Hindustan where we were separated from our brothers for the sake of our masters...

  2. It is your first article that I have gone through sir, and I liked it sincerely.It's true we are no more one nation having one nationality but divided into many fragments.Earlier it was only religion but now it has taken the dreaded form of regionalism, casteism and even linguistic fanatism.Yet wise people like you can reform in your own circle.I earnestly hope for that.Thank you for penning down inspiring piece.


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