India steps into another rung upwards in its life of ” Independence ” today ( from 73 to 74 ). The PM in Delhi, and CMs in States will unfold the tricolor today and address the nation.
We have good reasons to be proud of India’s growth and advancement through these 73 years since our Independence. Our journey from extreme conditions of poverty to being the fifth great economy in the World is not ordinary. It is, in effect, a remarkable accomplishment. Combined with the manner in which this has been recorded from being a newly independent Republic in 1947/50 adds strength and pride to every citizen of this nation.
On the one hand we have been progressing at an accelerated pace, specially during this millennium, with our food warehouses overflowing. On the other hand, the fact that we are still ranked 102 in World Hunger Statistics (2019), sticks out like a sore ‘thumb. Many still live on streets.
Hutments limited to only big cities in earlier days have spread to small cities and towns too. Educational institutions have witnessed an impressive growth, while at the same time unemployment also looms large. Our sorrows and setbacks can be easily listed.
It is not difficult to witness some parallels between the newly independent India of 1947 and the relatively highly advanced India of 2020.
Then, we had to fight for the protection of Kashmir and Hyderabad ; today we are fighting for the protection of Ladakh.
Then, we had our religious sense and emotional feelings riding high ; today it burns red and hot even after the fire has been doused.
Then, our economy was in great distress ; today our economy is struggling with no clear direction.
Independent India’s pride lies in our Democratic election process. It is a matter of pleasant surprise that a country with a population of 130 crores with different languages and diverse religious consciousness can continue its journey successfully in a Democratic manner.
Indian voters are also proving their ingenious abilities by electing Leaders in different Elections in tune with the needs of times since Independence. Every PM since Independence has been the “right” choice of the people in their times without any doubt.
Without Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s reign during the first 17 years, India could well have been another fragmented African Nations of today. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi , Morarji Desai , Rajiv Gandhi , Narasimha Rao , AB Vajpayee , Dr Man Mohan Singh , and our present PM Narendra Modi – have all recorded excellent contributions to the development of the nation with clever and new ideas fitting the situation.
Even after all these, fear and worries about the future still fill our minds more than happiness or joy. COVID-19 has made our lives injured and deranged. The spread of the disease continues from cities to rural areas. That medical infrastructure in rural areas are wanting is a fact. Hence, the scare even when India can take solace from the fact that the ratio of death is low.
Indian democracy is strong ; but the political parties and the elected representatives do not behave conscientiously is raising doubts in our democracy at the same time.
Even as the wind of COVID-19 was flowing strong in Rajasthan, the responsible elected representatives of the ruling dispensation was conducting the normal operations from luxurious hotels and resorts, reflecting poorly of governance.
What can be said of the attitude of the Central governing dispensation indirectly encouraging manoeuvres to gain power breaking legislative norms – which didn’t succeed finally though ?
What can anyone decipher from the events of Tuesday in Bangalore when the popular Friends of India and the Social Drmocratic Party (both Islamic dispensations) indulged in rioting raising serious doubts about the maintenance of religious consciousness ?
That it has been seriously misguided could well be an inference.
Every such incident is an example of increasing the gap between the minority and majority populations.
This is the time when people are left to feel bad about the absence of a “Mahatma Gandhi ” among our population.
This also brings us to a situation kindling the pangs of nostalgia for the days of 1950s, 1960s, or even 1970s.
We came out of the challenges strongly soon after independence ; and, sure, we will come out of the challenges now too.
The ‘time’ has come, the ‘man’ remains to be seen.
” Dieu avec nous “
Saturday, August 15, 2020 – 11.59 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” You can’t make Omelette without breaking Eggs “.