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I was at a traffic signal yesterday waiting for the signal to turn green. Three poor kids, with torn clothes and all the dirt over their bodies approached me trying to sell me the Indian national flag memento. Before they could start their sales pitch, I had to leave because the signal turned green. I felt sad – not because I couldn’t buy the flag from them but because of the fact that even after several decades of ‘Independent India’, there are tens of lakhs of people in this country who’ve to spend their day for less than Rs. 5 ( ~ $0.01 ). I’ve already decided that I will not celebrate 15 August as Independence day; because I believe we never had our Independence.

Boy Indian Flag

...After decades of Independence.

Several years ago, the British got bored of staying in India as they had already stolen most of its wealth and there were growing protests and fasts by Indians. So they did what made most sense to them: Tell Indian people that they were free. Going by the facts – The British Government passed an ‘act’ in their parliament called “Indian Independence Act 1947” which cleared declared India & Pakistan as two dominions governed by the British. First I wonder whether we ‘won’ our Independence and actually made the British ‘get out’ of our country OR ‘they’ decided to do so. Both are two radically different things. Had we made them leave our country – we’d have restored all our Indian systems in place and there’d have been no traces of British rule in India. India and Pakistan and Bangladesh would have been ‘one’ country. Coming back to the point – the British government decided that India and Pakistan would be two different ‘dominions’. Note – it does not say “nations”. Go check out the meaning of dominions. It was only on 26 January 1950 that we became ‘Republic Of India’. Whatever it is called in English – I don’t like the sound of it – as it sounds totally ‘British’.

What’s more astonishing is that (and I’ve always had this question since childhood) that why did the (so called) Independence was declared at mid-night! In India, we celebrate all ‘good’ activities in the day time – not in the night. I believe Indian leaders should have questioned this at the time of Independence. The second thought which amazed me is that Mahatma Gandhiji did not attend the 15 August 1947 ceremony. Isn’t it surprising? The man who led the Indian Independence Movement, opted NOT to attend the grand finale!

I discovered the answers later. It was Nehru who was eager to become the Prime Minister of India. While the congressmen decided that ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’ should become the President Of Congress and Prime Minister Of India – Nehru told Gandhi that if Patel is chosen for the PM’s post; he would quit and split Congress. Gandhiji’s worst fear was seeing Congress split into two and giving a chance for the British Governer to stay in India. Gandhiji agreed while he knew it wasn’t the best decision in Nation’s interest. He knew Nehru was a British Soul In Indian Body – and he’d keep the remote control in British hands.

…and decades after, we experience the exact consequences of it. The reports estimate 85 crore Indians are below poverty line. ‘English’ has taken over local languages. The education system has transformed from ‘Gurukul’ to the ‘British Schools’ which produces clerks who ultimately work for British and US corporations. 99% of the products we use are owned by foreign companies and take out thousands of crores of rupees out of India in insane amounts of profits. The technology we use is all ‘dumped’ by the foreign countries in India. The world dumps their ships, wastes and plastic on Indian soil. Our IT industry is totally controlled by US and British corporations. The rupee is all time low as compared to dollar. Parents think it’s uncool to talk in their native language with the kids. We’ve given up totally on Indian clothing and adopted foreign style of dressing – no matter how uncomfortable it is. Our kids learn the history as dictated by those who ruled us. Our kids believe India was always a poor country (by the way, if we were poor, why did the British came here? To catch the snakes, huh?) Our music has been destroyed. Our ‘dance’ and ‘music’ shows are all copies of the western shows. Singing without a ‘sur’ and ‘taal’ is being considered as ‘with the modern times’. Dancing only means ‘hip-hop’ and ‘salsa’. Our whole concept of ‘progress’ is copying what US and British do.

I feel sad to hear students say to me that they wish to go abroad to do MS to ‘learn new technologies’ and then implement them in India. It’s a well known fact that hardly anyone comes back to ‘implement’ the knowledge they acquire. I’m yet to meet someone who says “I’ll stay in India and Develop new technologies here”. If the foreigners can develop new technology by staying in their land, why can’t we? I wonder why can’t we develop high-quality alternatives to foreign goods?

The current young generation (including me) is spineless. We are grown up on complan and horlicks – and education that’s imported. We are, at the best good at spending time on Facebook & Twitter clicking buttons to ‘spread the message’. To all such people –

Happy Dependence Day!



8 Comments

  1. Sahithi Pallavi

    August 14, 2011

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    Should I like this post? I want to hit that Like button But I can not digest Liking these Horrible Facts that too about Our Country 🙁  Everything you said is dangerously true 🙁

  2. Satheesh

    August 14, 2011

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    The author it seems is vastly misled by his own beliefs against Westernism. Its true the English language has taken over in India, but that is the main reason for India’s vastly improving economy. And poverty today is by no means related to whatever the British did decades ago.

    People go to the US to learn new technologies because of the opportunities available there. Even if it is a hard to digest, it is perfectly true that opportunities in India are very less compared to the US. Still here are loads of companies and startups coming up today. You are just not aware of them.

    The only fair point in this article is how we have started forgetting our cultures and tradition. But that is not because of British controlling India even after they left. That was due to the aftermath of the British rule and a changing mindset of people. 

    And other things like Nehru being a British soul, the current young generation being spineless and freedom not being attained in the morning…. They are complete exaggarations.

    • The Big K

      August 15, 2011

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      Satheesh,

      I feel so sorry to hear that many Indians think English is responsible for India’s progress. This is the perfect example of mental slavery and ‘dependence’. One of the biggest problems India faces today is the ‘language’. Take a look at HSC and SSC results and see how many students perform well in science and math and fail in English as a subject. I wonder how could countries like Germany and Japan make a huge progress in Engineering, Technology without knowing the language. I wonder why Denmark and China does so well without knowing the language. We’d have been a developed country by now had we abandoned English and developed technology on our own.

      Your second paragraph is again an epitome of mental slavery and thinking that ‘there are more opportunities in the US’. Isn’t it common sense that India not being more progressed than US and Britain, there are 50 times more opportunities here? What’s stopping Indians from running their own startups? Coming up with their own Google? Forget copying American startups, what’s stopping Indians from developing entirely new technology on their own and then selling it to the world. Why can’t we develop 5G, 6G before the rest of the world and then sell this technology to the rest of the world? Don’t talk about opportunities – they are 50 times more here in India.

      Nehru, Young Generation, Freedom in the morning – my thoughts are all based on Independent thinking. Are we refuting the truth because it doesn’t sound nice?

  3. Ishan Topre

    August 15, 2011

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    @Biggie:disqus : I would like to quote APJ-
    -Quote-
    English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.
    -Unquote-

    I disagree that English should be our National language. But we are ourselves responsible for it. Why was our Sanskrit remained in the hands of a certain priestly class? It is not only about a language but whole knowledge and everything remained confined. No wonder that everybody came to rule us. My feelings are same for other foreign products as that for English.

    tomorrow is 16th August can we term it as the start of our Independence after a great lull in last 64 years? 
     

    If we ourselves want to ax our legs, then no body can help us. The same goes to you too @f15917dd283cf72119b9589f9d959da7:disqus  

    • The Big K

      August 15, 2011

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      Ishan: We are grown up with the thought that English is necessary for our progress. We’re also hammered with thoughts that we are ‘developing’ country. I don’t agree with Kalam. How long can it take to translate English textbooks into India’s own languages and educating teachers? Not more than 2 years for the whole progress. We can even keep the ‘technical’ words as they are for some time.

      English is our ‘official’ language (unfortunately) but not ‘national’ language. I don’t agree that ‘WE’ are responsible. It was our immediate ‘post-independence’ government that’s responsible for killing our own languages. I’m repeating – the history has been re-written by the British to make them look like ‘Heros’. Sanskrit was widely accepted and one of the primary medium of knowledge transfer in India. But English invaded it because of evil policies by Indian governments.

  4. Ishan Topre

    August 15, 2011

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    @f15917dd283cf72119b9589f9d959da7:disqus If Nehru was not a British Soul, then why was he so obsessed with foreign items?We ourselves know that smaller dams are suitable for sustaining agriculture in our country, why did he built big dams like Bhakra-Nangal and others, there by wasting much more land than required? 

    Had he supported to set up small dams for local areas, today’s agricultural scenario would had been quite different (read progressive)
    This is not only agriculture, I am talking about whole technology sectors. There are many more examples, I have chosen the one of Bhakra-Nangal because it is easily understandable fact. 

  5. The Big K

    August 15, 2011

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    My observation of the Independence Day Parade currently going on in Delhi:

    1. The Prime Minister arrived in BMW and his fleet of cars had close to none ‘Indian Made’ cars.

    2. The kids, people and soldiers had no shelter while it was raining. The PM, on the other hand, had a guard holding an umbrella.

    3. The PM, as usual, looks very bored and un-energetic.

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