Decades earlier we fought the British for our Independence. Centuries ago we had the Mughals as outsiders. Digging even deeper in history we find our motherland being ruled by many such alien authorities and ill-intentioned powers. In simple words, we were not Independent.
Now that we celebrate an Independence day every year, paradoxically still,
there are people fighting for it in many parts of Kashmir and North-East. The pandemonium, uproar and unrest in such parts exemplify dissatisfaction of masses. Independence, at times looks to be a vague word with different meanings for myriad interested groups.
All these raw information leaves us to an inescapable question,"What does being independent mean?" Does being independent simply mean having a national flag of your own, or having a national anthem in the vernacular language? Is it a true manifestation of freedom to have a unique currency or to have one of your fellow countrymen as the head of state? What then makes a country true to the definition of an independent state?
In my view, being Independent must give us a sense of Power, a feel of Authority over the policies and a sense of Responsibility towards our duties.
Freedom at a personal level has more to do with the dynamics of one's immediate surroundings, rather than the type of rulers. The dynamics of a society is of course decided by the manner of governance.
The way Indian society has reinvented itself in newer ways time and again is a scintillating proof of the freedom we enjoy. Only a free society can have the liquidity to flow independently. Time since independence, the Indian society has evolved and metamorphosed leaps & bounds.This is for all of us to see and fathom the privileges we enjoy. The very fact that we can even doubt the level of independence we enjoy is proof of our freedom. Though, at times these privileges may seem blurring behind the nebulous political system but the onus of clearing this nebula lies on us.
Proud to be a citizen of an Independent India.