Its Independence Day today. I’m sure all of us know this because we are all home celebrating the day off. Some unlucky people like the ones in a Newspaper related jobs and industries get a very few days off in their working year. Hence this is a day of celebration. But surprisingly no one acknowledges the day for what it is. Sadly, no Indian metblog mentions the significance of today. I dont blame anyone, coz we are all most probably too busy revelling in the joy of a free day, but I gather that India deserves atleast a thought, however fleetingly.
Most newspapers, as usual, have carried out surveys among students, actors, politicians, sports personalities et all spouting knowledge or questionable knowledge about when or how we got Independence, when the flag was hoisted first, who Mahatma Gandhi was, or who composed Vande Mataram. Most newspapers also show that majority of people surveyed did not know the correct answers.
Most news channels are showing rushes of patriotic clippings from all Hindi films, with patriotic songs playing the background and encouraging the youth of today to respect the glory of today. Actually this has been playing from the last couple of days, and the patriotic sucker that I am, I have been diligently following all of them. Entertainment channels have been repeatedly telling us how different TV actors with their true names wish us such a Happy Independence Day.
And all I can ask my fellow Indians today is .. feel.
Roobaru Roshni…(face-to-face with light)