27 January, 2021

Familiar Yet Strange

Raise the tricolour, stand up for the anthem and then go for that latte. Is this what Independence means for today's generation? Here's a reality check.

Familiar Yet Strange
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August 15. Independence Day. For an average young urban Indian, the day runs pretty much to this schedule: firstly, and most importantly, you hope to hell it's not a weekend. If you're in school, you go for the flag-hoisting ceremony, followed by a mind-numbingly boring speech and a tableau of dances to depict "national integration". If you're the enthusiastic type, you're probably participating in one of them.

In college, you could usually bunk the flag-hoisting, ignore the telecast of the parade from New Delhi on DD (not that you watch the channel, anyway) and bask in the holiday mood. And beginning to work is when an actual severing of all ties with I-Day happens. Because, you see, in college you could still get pulled up for not attending the flag-hoisting.

Yes, it's Independence Day, dude, for which those freedom-fighter people sacrificed everything to get us the power of choice we take so much for granted. And, can it be said that because we never fought for independence and never paid a price for freedom, the 'I' in I-Day could mean only "me and myself"? Or,...
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