So, here it comes again, the date 23rd March, a watershed moment in the history of Indian independence movement. 81 years ago, on this very day, our three brave brothers Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev sacrificed their lives for a cause much bigger than themselves, the cause of AZAAD HINDUSTAN (independent India).
Being brought up and immensely influenced by my grandfather who lived through that era, Indian freedom struggle is something that isn't a mere historic bullshit to me. History isn't a mere boring subject which has to be crammed up just for the heck of it.
Through eyes of my grandfather, I envisioned both the traumatic as well as triumphant scenes of independence movement. Strange as it may sound, I still feel the echoes left by the famous slogan 'Inquilab Zindabad' or ' Long Live Revolution' or cries of those who died in vain in 'Jalliawallah Bagh massacre'.
And today, it makes me cranky to see of what all is left of 'Azaad Hindustan' we carved out for ourselves. We haven't only molested but brutally raped this country of ours and torn it into pieces. Let me support these strong words by some strong facts.
- Growth rate of Agriculture sector is 3%, sector which employs 2/3rd working population
- Farmers suicide in India between 1997 and 2007 stands at a staggering 182,936
- 48% children in India malnourished, ranking 2nd in the world
- Female Sex Ratio - 914 females /1000 males, lowest since Independence and one of the lowest in the world
- Ranked at 134th position in Human Development Index (HDI)
- Black money in India - "Size of India's underground economy is approximately US$640 billion at the end of 2008 or roughly 50% of the nation's GDP.
These not-so-proud statistics are not mere facts to be whisked away as "kuch nahi ho sakta iss desh ka". The true tribute to our martyrs isn't merely uploading FB statuses or Bhagat Singh's pictures or even blog writing like I'm doing. With 65% population below 35 years of age, time is perhaps ripe for young Indians to take charge of another revolution in India. The only difference being that this time it is our own fellow Indians that we will be fighting against.
Let me end by quoting the meaning of revolution from brother Bhagat Singh himself.
“‘Revolution’ does not necessarily involve sanguinary strife nor is there any place in it for individual vendetta. It is not the cult of the bomb and the pistol. By ‘Revolution’ we mean that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice, must change."
- Bhagat Singh