72nd Independence day is being celebrated all over the country. India got independence from the British colonialists after sustained struggles for a long period under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and other veteran leaders like Pandit Jawahalal Nehru, Jayaprakash Narayan, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Subhas Chandra Bose, A.K.Gopalan and many others. Crores of ordinary people including kisans, workers, employees, women, students and youth participated in this struggle. Bhagat Singh and his comrades were hanged. Chandrasekhar Azad of the Socialist republic Army was shot dead. The Gaddar party comrades who came from Canada to take part in armed struggle were captured and sent to Andaman cellular Jail as also revolutionary comrades from W.Bengal and other states. Many of them were hanged after severe torture. Yes, Gandhiji led a non-violent struggle, but the British Rulers met them with violence and brute force. In the last minute before independence, India was divided in to India and Pakistan due to the machinations of the British. The Indian Independence struggle is a saga of sacrifice, martyrdom and courage.
It is 71 years since India got Independence with the tri-color flag hoisted in the red Fort and Jawaharlal Nehru have his independence speech to the nation. India is one of the biggest democracy in the world. Yes, each of the citizens have one vote each to elect their rulers. They have equal right there. But what about their right to live, earn, maintain family etc? A good percent of the people live in poverty, many are illiterate. Unemployment has not decreased and the wealth of the country goes to the rich. The rich become richer and the poor the poorer. The underprivileged continue as such. The caste system and corruption at all level is the curse of the nation.
Of course, 70 years is not a big span as far as a country is concerned. But it is a long period as far the day to day life is concerned. The struggle for food, education, job, social equality – all has to be strengthened. Then only true democracy will begin.
Independence Greetings to all comrades, friends and well wishers!