“India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.”
― Shashi Tharoor
We stand fourth amongst the most dangerous country for women, and our best universities in the country shockened to make it into the top 300 at most every year.
Using the most parsimonious definition of the poverty line, there are at least 300 million extreme poor in India, living on less than simply a dollar a day.
An India that has a higher mortality rate higher than that of Sudan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
WELCOME TO 68 YEARS OF INDIAN REPUBLIC.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
It was a spring of hope, it was a winter of despair,
We were all going to heaven, or we were all going direct the other way.
Indians are forced to recall the memories of reading opening passage of Charles Dickens “The tale of two cities”, the exact description of India’s contradictory condition.
Mera Bharat Mahan, yes we must accept that, we are a great nation, but with a little bit of confusion.
So lets break it down to what independence means to us, and lets move beyond the cliche, that independence means freedom with responsibility,
I personally believe that independence in a non so properly defined institutional setting, be it a nation or a small organisation cannot be absolute in itself because of its limitation of being exercised in an institution which is not capable of defining its foundation because of its complex nature.
A very misunderstood institution means unnecessary hierarchy, it means division, it means procedure, and it eventually curbs freedom.
In short we think we are free, we think we are independent, but in reality we are not.
Our institutions are weakening day by day,
Lets take day to day examples,
Lets take a leisure walk in the pavement of Lajpat nagar, you have have a very strong prerequisite, you have to be a very trained athlete in 400m hurdles to walk without falling down a manhole or getting hit by a truck.
You can not be with the person you love, and no I am not talking about educative rights, we will talk about it but later. I am talking about Interfaith marriage or Inter-caste marriages without fear of extreme social pressure.
Education or the lack of it in our schooling systems that push a million students to wait a spot in war that force their creative minds into a clinically depressed state at that very young age itself.
As per the words of political scientists in India we have this syndrome called the “EMPIRE TO NATION”, syndrome.
Which means, freeing the nation from colonial rule, without freeing the people and the society from the deep rooted feudal colonial class in administrative systems.
Now leaders of our freedom struggle they took over as rulers of secular democratic state delivered to them by cesarean surgery, a visible gap is observed in the democracy that is formed in the constitution and the democracy that is practiced in every day to day life, in the political process.
When the poor are too many and the rich are relatively few, the democracy tends to be for the few rather than the many.
When there is a problem in understanding the system, that’s the hazard, without understanding the complex system who will talk the ownership.
When there is no ownership there will be a threat to the oneness of the nation.
People must be contented, they must be happy, they must live in peace and harmony, all will be possible only by proper governance for which we need people and a strong state, and hence strong leaders who can shoulder the responsibilities of all the 121 crores of Indian lives, in our society ready to be guided by the leaders, who will accept the challenge to honestly lead your principles, dignity and prosperity.
YOU CAN BE THAT LEADER,
Don’t turn around and look up to another person for leadership, he is looking up to you.
Take control of your countries destiny, think of a wonderful future in which India is a beautiful place, and people from other nation adhere to the example set by our nation and they want to live in a place like India.
Let us join hands together in the mission of making India proud.
India and her contradictions-It was a spring of hope, it was a winter of despair.