Wishing Happy 65th Independence day to all the Indians,throughout the nation and worldwide ! While, we got Independence from the foreign rule 65 years back, thanks to all who made efforts to allow us breathe free,we should also thank the East India Company or the British who had made colonies in this sub-continent and treated all of us as ONE,as SLAVES, as EQUAL. That gave us a reason to unite , form a country and fight and win our freedom.
Today, when our own people are the administrators, almost all of them have preferred dividing us on the basis of states,language,religion and caste. We gladly accepted that because that is a fact again. But how many of us reminds himself/herself that our real identity is known outside our territory. To the British , we all were slaves speaking different languages and following different beliefs.The nation fought against the slavery and now we are not only free but also (thankfully) a country. But now we have a problem, problem with eachother’s language,caste,belief , faith,skin and God knows how many classifications,I am still missing.
Some intellectuals would blame the leaders who classified us, pre and post Independence , into religious and caste specific groups.Indeed! they did. We allowed them to and that is why they did classify us as brahmins, shias,harijans,marathis,south Indians , north Indians and north-easterns! That is why,without a debate, a statement which always revolves around my brains is – Had we got the Freedom out of blood-shed, we would have better respected our Independence and Identity as Indians.
Today,the reason we need to reunite is to avoid further exploitation of all of us by few powerful(whom we ,ourselves gave the power )leaders, be political or spiritual.The moment we try to classify any other Indian , in the name of state,caste,religion , skin and language , we should recall , prior to independence all of us had only one identity and that was of SLAVES and post independence only one identity and that is INDIANS.
Happy Independence Day!