Post Mortem

India at 71

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 12:41:09 PM IST

 Born in colonial India and after 17 days I became free, since India attained its independence. Freedom of India automatically endorses my citizenry that emboldens my freedom and thus entails basic rights—dignity, equality and fraternity. However, a swift rewind to what happened at the time of our independence continues to remind us and brings back to our memory about those huge number of innocent people who had lost their lives and many others had to flee to different places to save their lives—safety and security. The history of our Independence on the hand amplifies freedom from the imperial power, while on the other brings back to our memory that a big number of people lost their lives and many rendered homeless. This is indeed the history of India during independence and the narratives of our Independence in brief.

In the last 71 years, India did make great strides in many spheres particularly in infrastructure, communication, agriculture, industries, economy, science and technology. Nevertheless, there have been sporadic communal tensions resulting in massacres. Tensions arise out of religious fundamentalism, tribalism, ethnic and caste tensions, lingual and xenophobic tendencies. India continues to manifest rays and traces of communal and religious fundamentalist tendencies not sporadically, but quite regularly. In recent times lynching of the Muslims and Dalits on frivolous reasons and the rise of Hindu fundamentalism based on polarization politics is spreading across the country at alarming levels. Institutions of governance that are supposed to emulate integrity and accountability plummeting. Debates on varied issues in the Parliament shows vendetta politics and thus lowered to pettiness and lack of maturity.

(To be concluded)

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