It has been 68 years since India won its Independence and we proudly claim our nation to be a “democratic country.” Don’t we?
Well, to my understanding, things have worsened. Do you really feel, from within that we have been freed? All individuals are free to live as they like?
For me, India would be an independent country when every living being is allowed to live on their own terms. And by living beings, I mean all the birds, animals and other living creatures who can see, eat, sleep, move freely alike us. Why do we claim to be a democratic country when we don’t let others eat or even breathe on their stipulations. We should rather be ashamed of ourselves.
We all still live in a country where a dog is tied to a pole and left to die, where we ask a mighty tusker to perform and humiliate himself when he’s asked to. We breathe in a country where “gau mata” is made to eat plastic bags or killed in a road mishap.
Now do you see a free country? Now are you proud to be a democratic citizen?
If yes, then you’re living in a parallel universe my friend! This is not freedom, this is not what our freedom fighters would have visualized a free nation as.
Hoarding all these thoughts from an incident in the morning as I left for office. I saw an elephant with two healthy tusks. I wasn’t amazed of the view as the giant had come following a grand “Puja” at a temple near my house. I was just admiring his beauty when I saw his Mahavat prodding him to bow at others. Cmon, what would others get out of a dumb animal who cannot even stand for his rights or live a life, free of humiliation and obeying orders.
So, is it not our duty to protect such animals and make them feel secured and loved?
We know what freedom means, not because we are a free country, but because we can eat, live and pray freely. We can stand against what we think is wrong and prove our worth to the world. Freedom is when we celebrate festivals together, when we see the sunrise and enjoy the sunsets. All these are the synonyms for freedom.
When you realize what freedom is, then why not let others taste it? And then, we will be a real democratic country. A country that every other nation would be proud of.