Hardly Independent

*All opinions below are strictly personal.

We are a hypocritical society.

We laud our great culture of forbearance, tolerance and love, and punish our children when they marry outside the community.

We celebrate Gandhi Jayanti with Lage Raho Munnabhai on television and slap the driver who dared overtake us on the highway.

We ask our women to dress up in decent, Indian clothes and verbally and physically thrash our wives, oh-so-like Fifty Shades of Grey.

When we spot a pile of garbage outside a house on the street, we abuse the creator and decide to dump our bottle of Cola.Β 

We ban mobile phones for girls in order to make them secure, and then rape them mercilessly on the street, in vehicles and at home.

There is no stone left unturned to educate our boy and make him self- reliant. We then demand dowry to fund his self-reliance.

We rollout scheme after scheme and wholeheartedly put down the earlier government, and yet fail to provide basic food and health to large sections of our population.

On Independence Day, each year, we dedicate songs to our brave soldiers fighting at our borders, braving the cruel cold. We feast on laddoos andΒ put up balloons in saffron, white and green.

And yet, in this independent land of our great freedom fighters, rich heritage and grand culture, we don’t think twice about abusing the weak, the downtrodden, or the dissenter. Indeed, the greatest spoilsport to the holiday is the fact that August 15 is a dry day.

To this day, we serve tirelessly under greed, intolerance and envy. Hardly independent, I daresay. Until we find a way out of this hypocrisy, this annual commemoration of our freedom struggle leaves me cold.

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14 thoughts on “Hardly Independent

  1. A lot depends on the viewer. Actually, everything depends on the viewer. Our perceptions tell more about ourselves, more than anything else.

  2. Well said ! Just today morning as I heard the morning clamor of flag hoisting and the anthems, I was thinking about this one day, where everybody wants to be counted for patriotism and the rest 364 days, are at our apathetic best.

    • Absolutely. All our fervour for cleanliness, tolerance and all that jazz fizzles out before nightfall, to be rekindled only when a patriotic number plays on the radio. I doubt if such short-lived patriotism, on our part as well as on that of our leaders, can do us much good.

      Thanks a lot for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  3. the first line you say we are hypocrites .. well that says it all.. from three days on now I am getting these whatsapp messages , emails, etc etc on indian flag and independnce day but WHAT Happens to the people the rest of the day .. it is FAIR to say that the passion for nation only comes nearer to a day and then suddenly evaporates the net day..

    it is sad

    • Oh yes, the electronic festivities! The colourful WhatsApp messages and what not. πŸ˜€ While it is all very good, it is so short-lived a passion that like you said, it becomes quite pointless. It’s not about being cynical or overly critical, it just happens to be the truth.
      Sad it definitely is!

  4. Agree with u, Debo. We need to free our minds from conservative mindsets and hatred. But, I believe there are still good people that make us a great nation and the day we overcome obstacles, nothing shall stop us to become the economic tiger in the world. India 2020:)
    Jai Hind.
    Happy Independence Day:)

    • VIshal totally agree , but what good is becoming a economic tiger when millions sleep hungry in our nation.. I would rather be a the poorest country in the world BUT every individual sleeps with a Full stomach..

      there are good people but not enough.. sadly

      • Agreed, Bikram. It is one thing to be ambitious… aim to be a superpower. It is completely another to first ensure everyone’s basic needs are met.
        As for the good people – they sure seem to be depleting. We aren’t all that good ourselves, I daresay. *smug smile* πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    • Cheers to your optimism, Vishal! πŸ™‚ I sure hope that the vision you see for the country comes true. πŸ™‚ While I am with you on the fact that we do seem to be taking a couple of initiatives in the right direction, I want to see these get up from the drawing table and reach the people at the grassroot level. Until then.

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