Azaadi Free Ki India@70

 

Azaadi Free Ki . India@70

I was at Andaman a fortnight ago . As usual , I visited the Cellular Jail , feeling the pain of the Indian Freedom Fighters in the gallows . The insanity of ingenuity in the planning of the jail to isolate each prisoner and create an atmosphere that would push the freedom fighters to death and that the plan was to discourage the freedom fighter to fight so that kaalapani could be avoided . I visited the room of Veer Savarkar just above the gallows . My chest was full with pride about the resilience of the Indians in the jail . There were tears in my eyes as the guide recounted the gory incidents of tortures and deaths . I stood on the second floor visualising the scenes as they happened . As I walked through the corridor of the second floor lost in thought , I saw a woman urinating in one of the cells of this historic monument with her husband outside keeping guard lest someone enters . The woman rushed out and conversed jokingly how she was able to complete the “task” without anyone noticing her, with a sense of pride .

This incident is a live example of how we got Azaadi for free without feeling the anguish and pain of Savarkar and the many freedom fighters who laid their lives for our freedom.
This is a very serious issue in all monuments that display the valour of our brave in the freedom struggle.The stone pelters of Kashmir talk of freedom struggle , which is in contrast to what the Indian freedom struggle is . Children who should have books in hand have been armed with stones and weapons . Education has been replaced by fanaticism . On the other hand the front runners of our Indian freedom struggle were well read and educated people who used their education to increase the effectiveness of the freedom struggle without arms . And what a contrast that clearly shows that lack of education breeds fanaticism and the presence of it breeds motivation to succeed in a larger goal.

So the very notion of Azaadi today has undergone a sea change . Everybody feels that the freedom is his and uses it for his selfish interest like the woman who used the precincts of the Cellular Jail for her comfort because she lives in free India so what if our freedom fighters lived there . The same lady , bet , would not do so in a temple or a church or a mosque because of reasons that have less to do with education and more to do with the belief system . Which means that in our belief system , we have deeply ingrained religious myths which force us to pour milk on Gods while there is hunger around and place chaadars on mazaars while there are people without clothes . What a belief system ? I am not saying for once that you should not believe in God but the myths that we ourselves have created . Better we believe in humanity. Also we have not put into our belief systems that monuments of our freedom struggles or the sacrifices of our martyrs for us on the borders or in internal strife are sacred to us . So we treat all these monuments and sacrifices with disdain , just remembering them one day and shelving our patriotism the next day onwards. This is because we have not experienced Azaadi neither do we empathise for those who have had the hard way out to Independent India. We have had the easy way out and Azaadi is only a story in our history books and restricted to answers in beauty pageants and to political speeches during national festivals and elections .

Azaadi free ki. Our earning on India@70.

From the desk of Dr Jawahar Surisetti

I was at Andaman a fortnight ago . As usual , I visited the Cellular Jail , feeling the pain of the Indian Freedom Fighters in the gallows . The insanity of ingenuity in the planning of the jail to isolate each prisoner and create an atmosphere that would push the freedom fighters to death and that the plan was to discourage the freedom fighter to fight so that kaalapani could be avoided . I visited the room of Veer Savarkar just above the gallows . My chest was full with pride about the resilience of the Indians in the jail . There were tears in my eyes as the guide recounted the gory incidents of tortures and deaths . I stood on the second floor visualising the scenes as they happened . As I walked through the corridor of the second floor lost in thought , I saw a woman urinating in one of the cells of this historic monument with her husband outside keeping guard lest someone enters . The woman rushed out and conversed jokingly how she was able to complete the “task” without anyone noticing her, with a sense of pride .

This incident is a live example of how we got Azaadi for free without feeling the anguish and pain of Savarkar and the many freedom fighters who laid their lives for our freedom. This is a very serious issue in all monuments that display the valour of our brave in the freedom struggle.

The stone pelters of Kashmir talk of freedom struggle , which is in contrast to what the Indian freedom struggle is . Children who should have books in hand have been armed with stones and weapons . Education has been replaced by fanaticism . On the other hand the front runners of our Indian freedom struggle were well read and educated people who used their education to increase the effectiveness of the freedom struggle without arms . And what a contrast that clearly shows that lack of education breeds fanaticism and the presence of it breeds motivation to succeed in a larger goal.

So the very notion of Azaadi today has undergone a sea change . Everybody feels that the freedom is his and uses it for his selfish interest like the woman who used the precincts of the Cellular Jail for her comfort because she lives in free India so what if our freedom fighters lived there . The same lady , bet , would not do so in a temple or a church or a mosque because of reasons that have less to do with education and more to do with the belief system . Which means that in our belief system , we have deeply ingrained religious myths which force us to pour milk on Gods while there is hunger around and place chaadars on mazaars while there are people without clothes . What a belief system ? I am not saying for once that you should not believe in God but the myths that we ourselves have created . Better we believe in humanity. Also we have not put into our belief systems that monuments of our freedom struggles or the sacrifices of our martyrs for us on the borders or in internal strife are sacred to us . So we treat all these monuments and sacrifices with disdain , just remembering them one day and shelving our patriotism the next day onwards. This is because we have not experienced Azaadi neither do we empathise for those who have had the hard way out to Independent India. We have had the easy way out and Azaadi is only a story in our history books and restricted to answers in beauty pageants and to political speeches during national festivals and elections .

Azaadi free ki. Our earning on India@70.

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