Hey , I know you’ve not been wondering where this girl has disappeared. Forgive me, I’ve been a bit sick lately, and I quit my job to take some rest and have some “me” time. I’m a free bird now, haha. Talking about freedom, Happy Independence day! yay?
This morning one of the newspapers had this article asking youngsters what they wanted to be free from, thanks to my sleeping around business I’m too much into politics and news at the moment, so I thought why don’t I try my hand at this and asked some of my friends a few questions, here’s what they had to say about freedom in today’s India.
I thank them for their quick responses and for allowing me to publish it. 🙂
When asked what freedom is to you, Sriram said,
“Freedom is when you can do whatever job you desire to do, study what you want to, move wherever you feel like, talk whatever language you like, worship or follow any religion you choose!” he claims we don’t have it by adding, “If you read the above lines twice or thrice and co-relate it with current situation, you will realize that we don’t have our freedom.”
He thinks India isn’t a free country yet, and I agree with him when he says,
“What we have in India is not freedom, it is more like a conservative freedom or a freedom which comes with terms and conditions. You have freedom of speech, but when you talk about how people are made to clean and carry other people’s shit and how government never bats an eye to it, we will throw you behind bars. That’s not freedom of speech. Our country offers freedom of speech when you decide to threaten a girl saying that you’ll rape her if she raises her voice against any of these things. Freedom to follow any religion, freedom to marry anyone. Yes, you have the freedom to marry anyone, “IN YOUR COMMUNITY”. If you want to marry someone out of your community we have the freedom to strip you naked, beat you black and blue and even kill you.”
So what does he think will help India become a true Independent?
“Only when you eradicate caste and community from our country’s roots, we will have true Independence. The day when a drainage cleaner’s son is allowed to stand inside a temple, the day he is treated equally in his classroom, the day he isn’t reserved seats everywhere just because, is the day our country tastes it’s “freedom”.”
Roshan has his own views when asked about freedom, his emotions pour out,
“Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, free boosters; all Indian leaders will be of low caliber and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight among themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. “A day would come when Air and Water would be taxed in India.” Winston Churchill told this before independence, and now we have worked so hard with our freedom to prove his statement was right.”
He also claims that the growth of the nation is handicapped,
” Growth? What is it? Having a fully grown body with an amateur leg can never be considered as Growth. It’s called handicapped. But that’s what we are proud of, our increasing “Global Growth Rate” by killing the poor and helping the rich. While a 10year old child reads “Farming is the backbone of India” a farmer dies in a village. While the government is so proud of being the 4th strongest military power, fishermen are captured by the neighboring country’s army. Is this the growth we all want?”
He also tells us that we have failed to build our economy, sustain our nature, and preserve our history and culture with our well fought Independence. He adds,
“Journalism is the 4th estate of our constitution, But we have the most corrupted media in the world with no ethics and responsibilities because every form of Press is owned by a political party.”
He quotes Bharathiyar,a great Tamizh poet, ” கண்ணிலாக் குழந்தைகள்போல்- பிறர் காட்டிய வழியிற்சென்று மாட்டிக்கொள்வார்; நண்ணிய பெருங்கலைகள்- பத்து நாலாயிரங்கோடி நயந்து நின்ற புண்ணிய நாட்டினிலே- இவர் பொறியற்ற விலங்குகள் போலவாழ்வார். ”
Don’t panic- translation: Our country needs leaders, not followers, entrepreneurs not employees. We shouldn’t follow someone else like blind children. Our country is filled with a vast number of arts and knowledge, but still, we are living just like a senseless animal.
A good friend of mine Lohith sums it up, ” Freedom of thought is said to be the pinnacle of a nation’s freedom. But is that thought all self? Have we ever questioned our own thoughts? Has a thought ever stuck to us as why our thoughts are so? Our thoughts are easily manipulated, the right and the wrong, the truth and the altered truth, fact and fiction are curtained. We’re smart enough to know and learn but not what to know and learn. The problem arises there, it starts from an individual and ends as a nation. When the self-realization occurs that is when freedom is achieved, within and for the nation.”
Coming back to the article from the newspaper, what do youngsters want to be free from? the male gender had various opinions like gender equality, law enforcement, choosing their stream of education, violence etc and 3 out of 5 females had this to say “want freedom from gazes when I walk the road wearing a short skirt.” , “freedom to be able to choose what I want to wear.”
There are farmers, poor farmers, who are not allowed to do agriculture on their own land just because the government wants to open chemical plants, who aren’t provided with water to do agriculture, who aren’t provided loans, who suicide under the pressure of serving food for the whole nation.
There are people who are captivated, there are fishermen who go to the seas to bring you food but don’t return to their families. God knows what is happening with them, our government has no interest in this whatsoever, nor does the youth. Forget doing something for them, we don’t even talk about them. Oh, how will we? We don’t even have the slightest idea of the pain they are all going through, thanks to the biased media.
I’m not trying to point out that the girls who want to wear what they wear are wrong, all I’m saying is: There are bigger issues at hand. Let’s get every individual the freedom that they deserve and later think about the freedom they want.
Disclaimer: All the above content is every individual’s personal opinion, it is not meant to hurt, or defame anyone. Thank you.
The pictures used aren’t copyrighted to me, they are cut outs from magazines.