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Independence Day… whut?

Kid with flagsTo all my friends and family back home, Happy Independence day!! It’s August 15th again, and everyone is celebrating… but what exactly are we celebrating? Before I get into that, I’d like to state that my views on this topic are exactly that – “my views” … so if you’re against what I have to say, feel free to comment and voice your views… just know that this wasn’t written to offend anyone.

So back to the question, what are we celebrating? It’s been a solid 63 years since we got the Brits to leave, and the way we did… I couldn’t be more proud. But what happened after? One nation became two, the Indian government that was formed turned into a big fat joke. Greedy politicians took over and pretty much ate everything that came their way (literally and figuratively).

I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves what the hell this guy is trying to get at…..well… I’ll get to the point. It seems that every day I’m away from home, I learn something about life… the harsh realities…. some are interesting, but most of them are just plain scary. I just wanted to share what I learnt about being independent over the last year or so.

I came to Australia thinking I’d be independent, and life would be super fun and I could do anything I wanted – I was a regular 20 year old guy with his own delusions about how awesome the world was. I’ve wanted to be “independent”, but that word comes bundled with another word… a word that a lot of people tend to overlook… “Responsibility”…

It took me a while and some help to understand the true implications of independence, and that’s just one little *almost* insignificant life. So it only gets me thinking that we can’t really blame anyone for what’s happened to the Indian scenario. Ultimately, it just boils down to people not knowing that being an independent country also means taking care of itself, being self sufficient and working hard to move ahead despite what’s in the way.

As I see it, and what little I know of it, the Constitution of India is pretty solid, and quite awesome. The only problem is the whole political scenario surrounding it. That’s just an obstacle we’ll need to cross and hopefully soon.

Another thing I learnt about was change. It takes its own sweet time, and starts at the smallest pieces of the big picture, but it happens, and it’s in our hands to make it happen. This may seem a little pretentious of me, sitting half way across the world and complaining about India, and how it needs to change, but I have absolutely no intention of staying away from India forever, and whether you guys like it or not, I’m coming back.

Back to what I was saying, it’s in our hands to change our country… we the people… the next generation… the educated public. It’s our county… our home… and no one else is going to clean up our messes.

Again, don’t take this the wrong way, but in my 20 years of living in India (20 awesome years), I’ve met tons of people, some of whom believe that we can still salvage what’s left of our great nation … and I respect them for that. But most people I met either fall into the category of hating India for being this way and wanting to get out as soon as possible living somewhere else… or the bunch that simply don’t care (and it’s disturbing to see the number of people who fall into this category).

Call me weird, but I believe that just the attitude of the people has the power to change things around them. So all I ask is, as a first step, to believe. Believe that we can bounce back from the bottom of the pit, where we’ve been dragged to. After that, it’s entirely up to you, how many more steps you want to take, but that first step is essential. Even if you take just that one step, don’t stop others from taking steps, leaps or whatever you/they can. Support them, how much ever you can, and realize. Deep down, we’re an awesome nation. It’s up to us to realize that greatness and bring it out.

I’d like to start our 64th year as an independent nation with a message… a plea to every Indian out there:

“Whoever you are, wherever you are, remember your roots. You’re from one of the greatest nations in the world. Stop turning a blind eye to all the shit that’s going on, writing it off as “it’s what happens in India”… because it isn’t. Voice out. For 63 years you’ve just said “Happy Independence Day”… From this year on, mean it. Make it count. Believe.”

Jai Hind.


*the image that I used, I found on Google. I don’t know who took it, but it was just too beautiful to not put in here. If that’s your picture, get in touch so I can add the appropriate credits.

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