63 and still going strong.
August 15th marks the entry into 63rd year of our Independence. 62 yrs on we have progressed leaps and bounds far quicker than other democracies. I take only democratic and not monarch countries, just for the reason we enjoy freedom they can only dream of and still manage a decent enough growth rate. USA a democracy of 150 years and more, 176 to be precise, took lots of time to reach where it is now. I am leaving all the cynicism and parody behind atleast for this post.
Exactly on this day in 1947 we were under the Poms rule. Just a day before our neighbours Pakistan got their independence, after all the chaos which took prey of many innocent lives. A day after our independence Pondicherry which was under French rule celebrates its Independence day on Aug 16th. I would like to thank all the freedom fighter and especially Mr Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or in short Gandhi Thatha aka Gandhi granps and many other unsung heroes who lost their lives for us. I owe a lot to them not only me but also you and everyone who breathes the air in this country. Without them i would have not penned rather post this and would be working as a peasant in some factory exporting riches to UK and paying tax to them. Many don't pay tax that is a separate issue altogether ;).
England owes a lot to us and so do we to them. The gift they have given for us for all those suffering they caused to us is the 'lingua franca English'; the well planned cities; railways ,the largest network in the world;artificial ports, Chennai is one of them; wonderful monuments. UK today is a multi-cultural society accepting people of all races as their own. I take my hats off to them even though i don't have one at the moment, having buried their ruins and starting a new lease of life.
After all the subtle pot shots and the way we function, i am still proud of where i come from. Our past was glorious; our present is not so good, facing so many problems; but hoping the best for the future. As British comedian Paul Merton said India is a place where the exception is the rule , anything is possible if its India anything!
My feeling is echoed in this song from Rang de Basanti - Roobaro here is how it goes
Let our generation awaken.