Monday, August 15, 2011

What Independence are we talking about?

Seeing the way the country is progressing with Reservations, Corruption and other social evils i wonder whether India was better off under the British. Now we seem to be ruled by our own people who do as they please and cite helplessness at every situation. We take generations to build anything and even when we do it fails to stand the test of time. In 63 years we have failed to come up with any major reform that has bettered the life of an ordinary and average Indian and even if we have the benefits of these schemes have never reached them. The largest producer of milk and wheat in the world fails to guarantee a glass of milk and chappati to every citizen but always has enough to export. And what is not exported lies in the godown's of the FCI and get rotten. We still depend on the same transport system they built at that time. Our president still stays in the same residence built by them. We go gaga over the architecture and massiveness of India Gate, Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, etc. We take pride in our cities which have been planned by them. We speak their language, play their sport, etc. The only thing we have done is changed the names of the cities, divided people on the lines of cast and created multiple India's in the same geographical entity. I wonder whether we celebrate Independence Day to celebrate our independence or wish our country and our countrymen on making it intact for another year. We may have got independence from an invader but not from our own evils and fears that too because of our own people. Sir Winston Churchill's words come to my mind what he said on India's independence 63 years ago - "Power will go to the hands of rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight among themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles."

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