On August 15, 2018, India will celebrate 72 years of independence with full passion. Children are going hold the tri-colour Indian flag in their hands and wave it with excitement. News channels will start airing documentaries on the freedom struggle. All eyes will be on the Red Fort for the flag hoisting. The Prime Minister will address the nation, and the festivities will go on.
Each one of us has a different meaning for the word ‘freedom’. Some of us want freedom from our past grievances while some are striving for freedom. Inmates of shelter home at Bihar, Deoria are shouting for freedom. Over seven decades into our independence, India needs to set free from the clutches of poverty, overpopulation, child trafficking and many more. We can’t call ourselves independent when women in the country are still not allowed to make their own decisions when the transgender community is still being deprived of economic activity.
We would be truly independent when every youth of this nation would have a job. For now, we need to come together and fight against an overwhelming culture of intolerance. We need to fight against the menace of lynching, the menace of rape. Our prime concern should be to have freedom from filth, and open defecation, which poses more than just health hazards for women.
We need to maintain the dignity of our land. My appeal to all youngsters of this great country is that instead of blaming the government lets ourselves usher in change and move forward with complete enthusiasm. Let’s make our land clean, free from all heinous crimes and stand tall with shivers running down our spine every time the national anthem plays.