Republic Day: A Pessimists’s Views

Posted by Puneet Chauhan
January 26, 2017

The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic system of government. This completed the country’s transition towards becoming an independent Republic.

January 26 was chosen as Republic Day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

India achieved independence from British Raj on 15 August 1947 following the Indian independence movement noted for largely peaceful non-violent resistance and civil disobedience led by Mahatma Gandhi.

The oppression of almost 200 years by the British led to this breaking point.

The suffering was far too great for the Indian consciousness and the result of all that suffering was final demarcation between the British and its Indian colony once and for all…. Or so we thought.

Looking out over present India, here in 2017, we see that the British have not exactly left. We see our politics, our media, our food choices, our image of self being distorted on a mass scale.

‘Freedom’ is largely an illusion. Especially when your government enforces that illusion. Our legislation is largely a rotting cesspool of the remaining garbage from before the Independence our forefathers achieved.

Not just in India we see the same pattern in other countries as well. Global slavery has never been so classy. Where the slave willingly admits to being subjugated. Because of the bubble of comfort one gets in this state of hypnosis.

The point?

We have been watching Republic Day parades since childhood. People sending each other Republic Day greetings. People feeling good about the national love we all share.

But that love is hollow. It’s a lie. It’s fake. All the happiness, the celebrations are no more than empty echoes of the true happiness our forefathers felt when they freed the Indian people of the tyrannies imposed by discriminative and extortive British.
I personally just cannot feel the joy or the happiness this day brings to so many every year. Maybe the problem is with my outlook.
But oh well, as they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.
P.S. For those people who associate nationalism with military accomplishments. F#$% off 😀