“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. Ralph Ellison
In true spirit of the 69th Independence Day, I have penned down what freedom means to me. For me Independence Day does not stop at merely hoisting the tricolor early in the morning but goes way beyond that. Unless the people of the country are liberated in the truest sense, their minds free and the heads high, we are not free enough.
We can call ourselves truly independent the day our mind is free of age old societal taboos. The day every single person gets the liberty to choose their partners irrespective of gender, caste, religion and sexuality. I will consider myself liberated, the day a menstruating woman is allowed to enter a temple and a woman’s hymen stops being a certificate to purity and character. Independence is the day I can walk around freely not worrying about being ogled at or molested or even raped or the day we can let our little girls play around in peace. The country will be truly liberated the day corruption becomes just a word in the dictionary.
A country is never independent in terms of administration or politics. The true spirit of Independence lies within the people and their mindset.
On a brighter side, let us celebrate the 69 years of a free country and make a vow to be liberated in the truest sense in the years to come.
Like Rabindranath Tagore quoted:
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Happy Independence Day.