But that’s not the case I am talking about. Neither I am here to make case for any of the political parties (hundreds registered) of India. The question I am asking to you and sometimes myself is more than simple. Am I independent?
It was 14th night in the western hemisphere and the rantings on the social networking sites go on for merry wishes for Independence Day.
And now that another 15th August has passed, with banners flashing across visual media congratulating India on its birthday. Wait, really? I mean, was India born just 66 years ago? As far as my education goes, I was taught that India was (is) a civilization thousands of years old.
We Indians once known to be the best breed the humanity has known, has a habit of blaming others for our short comings; first they were Islamic Invaders, then Mughals , Turks, Afghans and finally British, and Portuguese at some places. My happy merry schooling days always told me that the British conspired against us; and even after knowing that it took us 90 years to drive them out. My question is why weren’t we ever told that where did we went wrong. For us it should not be difficult to learn that self-realization makes self-worth. My text books said that India is a peace loving country and yet 33 % of India’s districts are either affected by Maoism, Naxalism, terrorism or other sub nationalism. 
Only if self-rule was the motive behind independence, then, why is that we are lobbying really hard for food security bill; and prime minister mounted on Red Fort saying it will help 75% of India. So does that mean 75% of India is still poor? 66 years of independence has not yet changed the phrases like ‘Do waqt ki roti’. Is it not a matter of shame that this country’s poor still craves to eat at least twice a day?
But who am I really blaming with people on my social networking sites, keeping nationalist symbols as their DPs and just before the day changes, everyone on square one. I’ve still not got any problem with that. The question again I have is, have they actually taken ownership of their country? Is changing your DPs and updating your status ends your duty towards your nation? Or in that matter is only singing ‘Sare Jahaan se achha Hindustan hamara’ will make Hindustan a place worth living? Don’t we need to revisit these theories? The question is worth asking yourself; what difference did really make to make my country a better place. The question is more than enough to help you introspect.
It is rightly pointed out that patriotism knows no language, religion or social status. Yet we have a brigade of people or rather self-proclaimed patriots who spit venom against other countrymen that are not from their religion, language or cast. It’s still out of my understanding, how can one love his country, hate his countrymen, and still claim to be a patriot? If this is what patriotism called then I have no reservations in not calling myself a patriot.
As every year (since I got into my true senses) this year too I am not celebrating Independence Day as my countrymen below are still not independent.
è 2 farmers commit suicide every day. (They died on Independence Day as well). 
è 1/3rd (33%) of Indian politicians face criminal charges (They also include, Rape, extortion and murder) 
è Nearly 70% of Indians live on less than %2 a day (And how will you explain a poor mother not able to feed her children about just 5% growth of GDP and current account deficit)
è 48000 child sexual abuse and 24000 rapes (registered). This brings an average of 200 women and children every day. (They were raped on Independence Day as well.) 
è 25,455 crimes were committed against Dalits. Their homes were torched, their women raped, their men murdered.(Every hour two Dalits are assaulted. They were assaulted today as well.) 
Help me, I am in short of reasons to celebrate Independence day.