Independence, to Me
What does independence mean to you? To be dependent to yourself, to do whatsoever you want to or just to be yourself? Well, to me independence means to be responsible, to respect your upbringing and lead people towards the right path.
66 years ago some people dreamt of the independence of our country and wanted to give us our right to take responsibility of ourselves and the people who are under-privileged. Today is India’s 67th Independence Day. It cannot be believed that only 66 years back we were slaves to some highly authorized people. That’s like a nightmare. I feel so lucky to be born in an independent country and feel so sorry for those who are still fighting to live in a freed country.
Today, we are independent, we are free. We have a constitution and there are several democratic rights for us. But sometimes I feel, to some extent, independence is a mocking thing and very insignificant to today’s situations, especially for women. A girl cannot be with her male friends, she has to reach home by the evening, she has to work only at nearby places, she has to be mute against any crime or anything wrong to her can be justified. Even she has to wear clothes of the society’s choice, or else she would be accused of inciting men to rape her. Is this excuse rational enough? I want to ask you guys, what type of provoking clothes do you think a baby of merely 18 months would have worn? What type of inciting behavior a 65 years old lady would have done? No answers we have and I don’t think we would ever have!
I want to dedicate this post to all the Indians and to those who have brought us our Independence Day.