Patriotism is a thing difficult to put into words. It is neither precisely an emotion nor an opinion, nor a mandate, but a state of mind — a reflection of our own personal sense of worth, and respect for our roots.
– Vera Nazarian
Today when I wake up and check my news feed, I see posts like “India will be free when women can step out of their homes without fear” and “the day the child selling flags on the road is no longer there, India will be free”, I know India has problems, I know we have corruption, poverty, gender discrimination but why do we let it define us? India will not be free when there is no gender discrimination, it won’t be free when poverty is eradicated, it won’t be free when corruption no longer exists, it’ll just be perfect. And India is not about perfection, its about culture and traditions even though some of them seem absurd, it’s about our roadside gol gappas, it’s about the messy chawls and narrow lanes, about ramlila and festivals like diwali that bring this country together, it’s about our desi “jugad” and about the warms of the relationships that hold us together.
Independence is but a mere state of mind, if we believe we are independent, then nothing can stop us from being so. In my tenth grade political science book it states “for any Democratic nation it is important as to how the citizens perceive themselves”, so it’s up to you, do you see yourself as someone tied in shackles or as someone who is as independent as their constitution grants. Let’s stop changing the definition of an independent India, and not make it about overcoming challenges that we face. Independence day is not about questioning our country, it’s about realizing it’s beauty, realizing the sacrifices made for this nation and the history that sets us apart from the rest of the world.
India is a beautiful country, from our villages, our people, our languages, our cultures and traditions, our strength, our courage and bravery, our will to stand for a change, it’s beautiful to it’s very core.
Because India has been, and will always be and independent country, since 15th August 1947, regardless of what you choose to believe.