As we celebrate Indian Independence Day on August 15, one question comes to my mind: How do we interpret what does Independence Day mean? Is it important to create a sense of hatred towards another country to sustain what Independence Day means?
It is interesting to see how political establishments and/or political thinkers of a nation project what Independence Day means to each country. From this thought, stems how the nation is lead and what emotions strike a chord with the nation’s folks.
I, like many Indians, take pride in the fact that our freedom was a hard fought one with sacrifice from multitude of people – some still remembered and celebrated, while most are unknown and unsung for the sacrifices they made for the freedom of their motherland. As I was watching some of the programs aired on Television, one of them was showing the evening retreat at Wagah border. To me, it looked like nothing more than a display of aggravated self-aggrandizement on both Indian and Pakistani sides. 🙂 Continue reading “On the cross road at 69!!!”