How Independent Are You?
It is the 68th Independence Day of India. Doordarshan TV will broadcast the regular ceremony and many will miss it again (due to sleep). Probably Google will dedicate a Doodle. People have already changed their WhatsApp profile picture. But still the question remains- the country is free. But are its people? Are we free from the grand Indian glaring problems of the society? I don’t think so. So I look around, ask others. Well not many agree. Let’s see what ‘Independence’ means to others and what they have to say about it…
“Individually, I do feel independent. I feel privileged about the fact that I am born and live in a free country where I can exercise my intellect and faith freely. At least we have a constitution and laws that provide us a blanket cover when we need it. Thanks to this, religious and communal fundamentalists have never been able to fully raise their ugly heads. Having said that, we need to acknowledge the dark areas we have around us. There are still many kinds of divides that exist in our society- gender divide, caste divide, class divide, east-west-north-south divide to name a few. The lack of safety and security of women in this country is on the rise. And then there is this Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in a couple of states often causing violation of human rights. So the multiple divides staring at our face, incidents of human rights violations and sense of insecurity make one often feel the need to question, ‘Are we independent enough?’ Well, the good thing is we are free enough to question those who need to be questioned.”
Visual Artist & Chief Coordinator at Metropolis ASIA
For me, Independence means being able to choose. Being able to determine my own schedule, values, and priorities and not having to ask for permission to live my life in my own terms! Happy Independence Day everyone…Be the cause for the unity!!
Writer, Voice over artist
As a person I have always considered myself to be very liberal and free. But I’m not sure where in the ‘independent’ parameter it would place me. I’m from a middle class Assamese family & a Hindu by birth. I ate beef for the first time when I was 10 years old. Before having it I did not feel that I needed my parents’ or someone else’s consent for it. I opposed to obey the monthly regulations of periodic practices as I found no logic behind it. Whenever I felt like cutting my hair really short, I had it done in really micro length-. After completing PG, being a casual announcer at All India Radio, I faced much difficulties, oppositions (confusions too) to join a call center as an CCE. But I did it happily. Chose my working companies myself- left it whenever felt exhausted. – So quite a free life so far! But I cannot declare that I’m 100% independent. Because the attachment with your beloved n near ones sometimes put some barriers around you. Then your strength becomes your weakness & I, very often face it.
Whenever I talk about independence, I like to draw an analogy in my mind with freedom. But its juvenile to talk about independence in a country where every average Indian is either dependent on a 9 to 5 job or is preparing to be a part of the rat race.(As someone said, in India people first become engineers and then figure out what they really want to become in life. ) In such a situation talking about independence is nothing more than a ‘paradox of perversity’. There is no doubt that I am deliberately generalizing ‘how independent are you?’ to ‘how independent are we?’. Why is that we crave for independence only when the time comes for requiting all those on whom we were once dependent on? Why this rationale comes with a selfish note that our freedom is merely ours only when we’re being able to dictate terms and not the other way round. The day we all take note of our responsibilities with more vigour than we do with our rights, independence will not have to be pursued. Rather it will ensue. So before I try to figure out how independent I am , I would rather question my conscience as for how much does it matter to be independent in a society that has accrued ideologue of ‘selfishness’’ and used it as a benchmark to fathom “self indulgence’’. For me independence is being dependent on your inner responsible being that elevates you to the pedestal of responsible social being and not as a self indulgent loner. It would to disastrous to mollify a generation with the status quo of independence when they’re fast deteriorating as a social being. We need to correct our conscience first and direct it towards mutual dependence and coexistence.
MD at Cantabile Music Academy/Solo Guitarist (WIZARD CROSSING)
Very independent. It’s all about how you feel about things around you. We are all born free and we are free to be whatever we want to be. Only we must be cautious no t to misuse or misunderstand our independence of thought and actions. It’s must be used for personal development and progress. People often misunderstand the proper use of their freedom and lose it because of recklessness.