Here we are fast approaching our 64th Independence day celebrations and still if there is nation wide survey carried out asking "For how many years now have we been independent?", I can bet that half of us won't know, some won't be bothered, and few might even Google this. I mean what stage have we reached, where there are eternal optimists present who think India is fast approaching its golden age whereas there are other who think its a curse to be born here; where the first lesson anybody learns is inequality and racism. Come to think about it, how "independent" are we? We still rely on Russia for arms and ammunition, and fail to tap the hidden potential of engineers and scientists within our own country, and when this awesome talent goes abroad everybody has to cry about the brain drain. O god!! what do you expect when we have so many holes in our own system. Not that the world in not corrupt or anything but what I admire about the rest of the world is that still they find a way about this corruption and whatever the crisis the whole nation stands united. Really how united are we? A simple example when I was in England I could see everyone wearing a special ribbon and on a preplanned day they even held a minutes silence. On naively inquiring about what the big deal was about I was clearly shouted back at and explained well in a very aggressive way that this was held as a homage to the soldiers who lost their lives in the war in Iraq. Well after Kargil how many of us even consider ourselves indebted to the army men for some peace and quiet that we are so grateful to get at night. I think the only time I have seen anyone taking the Indian army seriously in on Facebook where most of us naively "like" the Indian Army page, along with thousands of other idiotic pages that we "like". Where's the sense of respect??
This year also everybody will definitely celebrate our Independence day mostly as a holiday, waving flags (which are mostly seen kissing the roads the next day), merry making and when asked how Indian are you....we all move our heads unanimously saying "oh yes, we all are very...very India" like its preprogrammed or something. BTW that's the most idiotic response every!!..All of us are so used to corruption and the lack of respect for each other that it doesn't make a difference anymore. Take the Common(wealth) Games for example. Its a slap to our faces that we do not have the proper infrastructure and sane people who consider this to be our nations honour and at least try and complete the task in time. No sir!!!...we are more interested in exploring ways and means to cheat and corrupt like there is some nationwide competition. But you know I do not think anyone knows what the commonwealth games are and what are they held for. During a poll show on TV when asked what were the commonwealth games, half of the populous didn't have a clue, half confused them with Olympics other who were wise enough to answer included other planets in this tournament out of 20 people interviewed only a girl had a proper answer.
Come on I feel terribly sorry considering where have we reached where we know almost all the states in America but fail to answer how many Union territories are there in India.Today India is more like a labyrinth of politics and corruption where you have to mould yourself to that level or be an outcast. How can we even think about competing with the western world when creativity and freedom of thought is chocked before it can even begin to breath.