15h August, 1947 is when India achieved freedom from the Britishers. And today, we celebrate India’s 70th year of independence. Celebration of Independence Day is just so typical and usual across India. Every Indian society celebrates this very day the very same way. It has been monotonous since years together.
Every person who is a victim of Independence Day celebration in their typical societies has definitely observed these things that keep on happening every consecutive year.
And by now, we all are so immune to this.
1. Flag hoisting
This one goes unsaid. This is one of the reasons to celebrate our Independence Day.
2. Annual General Meeting
15th August is the only day when everyone has an off from their respective work place. Hence, this very boring, monotonous and drifting off the agenda has to be on the list of celebrations.
3. Kids’ performances
Annoying kids performing on latest patriotic songs has become a mandatory rule now.
4. Playing old patriotic songs on loud speakers
And then they speak about decreasing noise and sound pollution to save the environment. Ironic!
Again, they say they’d like to try something new, but speeches or skits with a message for the society which is never going to be implemented, are long-distant relatives of dance performances.
6. Competitions and games
No, I’m not referring to the actual sports or artistic competitions. I’m talking about those silly competitors for kids like drawing competition or thali-decorating competition or making kids and adults play musical chair. This is #Swag as per the event organisers of our societies.
We’re so done with such ways of celebrating this very important day of our lives. Hundreds of people have literally sacrificed their lives, and they still do, just so we can live peacefully. But are we really living peacefully? Yes, our nation is certainly free from punitive and brutal rulings of Britishers, but do we really feel independent and free from ourselves? From our own people? From the societies we live in?
I feel today, if we are seeking freedom from anything, that is our mindsets and thinking. It is high time we take the word ‘Freedom’ literally and seriously. What are your views on the same? Mention them in the comment section below. Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day. And just out of respect, please pick up the fallen flags, if you see any. I hope there are none. Jai Hind.