This independence day, make someone else independent
The dictionary says independent means ‘free from outside control; not subject to another's authority.’ Since we celebrate our country’s Independence day on the 15th of August every year, by this definition, I suppose it would be accepted if I say that we’re all independent. Let me ask you one thing but - how can a country sheltering 1.324 billion souls be called independent even after 71 years of having fought and won a humungous battle when about 287 million of its occupants are illiterate? If you can read my words, you definitely belong to the other part of the population, the one who is capable of defending itself against most odds, if not all. While just a few of us actually feel this day to its depths, most of us await it so as to get a day off from our mundane schedules. Not intending to question or label the right or the wrong, I request you to hear what I say next through a prism made of acceptance.
Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.
-Pt Jawaharlal Nehru
Knowledge is the gateway to independence. The courage and power knowledge offers is incomparable to any materialistic thing that this world has or will ever discover. Our country, with its enthralling diversity and enchanting culture, is beyond magnificent and capable of re-defining limits, if only each each one of us realises and respects the importance of learning and growing, and taking whoever other possible with us along the way on the journey towards enlightenment and independence in their true form.
This independence day, make someone else independent. Sponsor a child’s education, or take an hour off to teach your domestic helper the basics of education and life…do whatever, but do something. As for yourself, vow to keep expanding your horizons. Imbibe and embrace every opportunity life presents you with to learn and explore. Thousands of brave souls fought and gave up their lives just so you could live yours without carrying around a label of slavery; why would you want to spend your life within defined limits? Fight for your growth, and then fight for your country’s growth. Happy Independence Day!