Getting up in the morning, my inbox had a minor deluge of “Happy Independence Day” mails. What’s this “Happy Independence” thing anyways?
Yes I know it means one more rerun of “Gandhi”, one more “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon”, a tricolor logo on MTV, Anu Malik in a India-colored bandana singing, in a voice that wants me to bring back the British “We love you O India, Tumhe na chorenge”.
A few days ago, for the umpteenth time, I got this picture on a forward and I will tell you what—I actually think it’s a very honest gesture on the part of Laloo and Rabri to sit through the National Anthem——–because they symbolize the sorry truth which, we more so on this day, should realize—-August 15 was not a day of independence.
It was a day of a transfer of power—-from white-skinned colonial oppressors who stare at us vacantly from textbooks to brown-skinned, home-grown masters whose malignancy is an undeniable concomitant of our daily existence.
Times of India, in its trademark sanctimonious style, came out with a list of 58 things which keep us from being independent—including, ironically—yellow journalism and overt focus on celebrities.
I will keep it simple—-we will be independent only when those who rule our country are made accountable to the rule of the law.
Here’s a question: How many politicians, in “independent ” India have served serious jail time because of their actions as politicians? (I am not talking about politicians who began their career as politicians because they were criminals—-they are a different cup altogether).
If H KL Bhagat, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler are allowed to get away with murder how are they, in any way, different from our erstwhile colonial masters?
General Dyer got away nearly scot-free despite a “trial”.
So did these fine men.
In a truly independent India, HKL Bhagat, if he would have been buried, should have been exhumed and his dead, decomposing body be given the same kind of dignity his minions gave to the old Sikh who, while pleading for his life, had rubber tires put around him and burnt alive.
In a truly independent India, Narendra Modi would be someone’s bitch in a maximum security jail cell.
Corruption and poverty exist in all countries of the world—–somewhere very in-your-face, some places between the sheets.
But only in countries which are yet to be independent is it possible for the ruling class, with impunity, to get away with killing sections of its population.
And the biggest thing is that its not that the politicians mentioned above got away on a technicality.
They got away because the system protects them. The precise system from which we want independence from.
Its the system that guarantees that fingerprints will vanish, FIRs will be filed late or never at all, police will be transferred and even video evidence will be shouted down as doctored.
With the result that the “ground will keep on shaking” and “spontaneous anger shall keep on coming out” without any hope of justice.