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Friday, August 18, 2006

In Dependence

Sixtieth Independence Day and the curtain raises for another spell of bonhomie. There are plans for extensive celebrations and likes, but then why are we forcing these celebrations on ourselves? Why should we follow a protocol of celebrating, while at one end fearing some attack on the red fort or some remote places in far south? Who are we celebrating for? Everybody visiting the red fort on the fifteenth will be carrying with him a scary thought that any thing could happen there. I dont know how many people it would deter and hold in abeyance from going there and being a part of the celebrations, but it sure will have a place, miniscule or major, in everybody's brains there. Being in Delhi, I can sense the heat in the situation at every corner in Delhi.

The papers are splashed with news of tightening security everywhere, of VIPs being heavily guarded, things being planned and re-planned and visit the roads or some malls and happening places, and you will realise what it is to be scared. Why are we even celebrating when we are so scared? Where is the independence, where is the freedom?

Have we failed as a society to raise above certain plebeian tendencies of creatinf terror or have we grown so complacent that we are letting anybody attack us so freely? I agree every nation has security beef-ups and stuff during celebrations, but this aint security beefing up or stuff, this is getting soo scared that you are running for your life and are celebrating only to save your face, just in case someone pops out of the blue tomorrow and asks you why you didnt celebrate your sixtieth Independence Day. I feel we shouldnt celebrate because we arent yet independent. We are slaves of our own wrong-doings and cares. We should realise certain things as a society first and then, try and celebrate independence. Lets get peace and satisfaction first and then chase celebrations. Why celebrate amidst so much of turmoil?

I dont say August 15th is something we shouldnt celebrate, but I say why celebrate so much that we are so scared of things that could hamper them?! We are celebrating, but are getting scared several notches above it. Do we need all this? Why cant we just pledge that we shall work for a better India on the sixtieth Independence day and carry on with our duties towards Mother India. Why unnecessarily give someone a chance to spoil our revelry? Instead lets do something meaningful. Lets try and make India a better place.

Celebrations, parades and stuff do make me proud, but what makes more sense to me is this:
http://www.bhumi.in/project_rasoolpura.htm

Mera Bharat Mahaan!


PS: Sincere apologies for keeping the post in cold storage for the last 3 days. This was written on the eve of 60th Independence Day of India, but could not make it to the aisles of my blog's castle, thanks to net at my hostel which returned just today after a short vacation of four days!

6 Comments:

At August 28, 2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Saraswathi said...

ya the situation u quoted is very true..we are celebrating our independence with fear of being attacked on the D-Day..but then the indpendence day parade truly reflects the diversity,culture and heritage of India in the most vibrant colors and its the only time we get to see the prowess of the indian army..its actually a moment of pride..every country wud lk to showcase its culture,strength on a spcl occasion lk dat..but then obvly its sad to think that all this is done wid soo much security and fear of sth unexpected..
probly we can take to a diffrnt kind of celebrating independence by which we can truly revel in the happiness and spirits of having gained independence..it takes individual effort to celebrate independence in their own ways..
good food for thought though:)

 
At August 30, 2006 10:06 PM, Blogger shikha said...

hmm..actually this is wat i was thinking wen i my dad asked me not to go anywhere on 14 15 aug...its madness...the sense of insecurity..but i dunno abt independence celebration..i think its important we hav such celebrations..though ppl liek me pretend to show they dont care but even u know...every on 15th august. , every tiem u listen to those desh bhakti songs it brinsg smile to our faces...n with all those kite flyin and stuff...yeah we should work to make thinsg better...but isnt life all about celebrations?

 
At September 04, 2006 11:26 AM, Blogger desh said...

yaar tu to pura gayab ho gayela hai

 
At September 04, 2006 5:05 PM, Blogger Leela Vinod Kumar said...

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At September 05, 2006 9:50 AM, Blogger Leela Vinod Kumar said...

Very true. But unfortunately, it isn't time to breathe free again.. Terror strikes seem to happen even without an "occasion". Everyday seems to pass by in tension only to be heightened during specific days like Aug 15 or Dec 6. The "relief" after the day too is hardly appreciable... Certainly gives u second thots of how free we actually are...

 
At September 11, 2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Amod said...

Nicely compiled. All that you said is true. I feel so insecure in Bangalore too. Everytime I go to a mall or travel in public bus, inadvertently I look around and see if people are 'normal' or not. Flying has become such a nightmare all around this world. :( :(

 

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