“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom, a moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance” , 69 years have passed ever since the historic tryst with Destiny speech on the midnight of 14th August by the first Prime Minister of our nation, but the tryst still remains unending to free the shackles of self-inflicted bondage.
Freedom is subjective. For a child, unauthorized access to adulterated sites is freedom, for a teen, indulgence in sex and fashion fads is freedom, for a middle-aged working individual, gossiping and sipping coffee during work hours is freedom and for an elderly , a carefree chat with near and dear ones is freedom. Freedom is the right to be who you are without hurting others through what you do. Freedom is responsibility, freedom is being logical, freedom is to respect people, freedom is to have a say in wrong doings and appreciate the right deeds and not just Wearing a saree or kurta and humming the national anthem once a year .
I remember once asking a road vendor selling flags at a busy crossing what freedom means to him, the answer I got was baffling enough to shut me. “Madam Azaadi to bahaana Hai cheeze bechne ka” … Independence Day is a mere business venture to sell your goods. Indeed he was so right in saying that, freedom or independence today is no less than a gimmick used by sections to advertise and popularize themselves. Professionals, politicians, fashionistas, celebrities, self-proclaimed god men, we all use freedom for our selfish stride by fooling others in the name of it.
It took us more than 190 years to wash away the tyranny and attain independence but with the “chalta hai “attitude that we have, wherein we neglect anything that doesn’t benefit us , freedom is heading towards a dark and fragile future. India has huge manpower and talent flow but our laid back attitude and misinterpretation of freedom is a major setback. If Indians can be CEO’s of top firms, scientists of the best research organizations, writers of the best books, Nobel laureates of the highest stature, preachers the world follow, then why can we not utilize our hidden selves and free our minds and soul to build a better future for not only us but for our generations to follow, after all that is what freedom is.