India celebrates its independence today.
I believe, it celebrates a transfer the “transfer of power,” from British colonials to Indian occupiers.
India is independent, more or less, depending entirely on how you as a family and as an individual have been able to milk the opportunities it threw up along its course through 66 years. An objective look is unconvincing : there are the Western nations who have leveraged their spoils from this country, and others, with their new found enterprise and apetite for more. They are the first world, with privileges to set the agenda and the terms. That renders other countries less than independent. Diversity and respect for it is more lip service than real; its preservation is more frowned upon than encouraged.
The second world, Russia et al, take their cues from first world’s leadership : the exploitative national interest. It works for them; not for others less fortunate, in might or economic endowment.
Then, in Indian context, is unhappy Pakistan and hegemonising China. They both deliver the “cuts” that makes this nation bleed and mired.
Most Indians are neither free nor empowered to be. All the international debilitents have their internal equivalent who betray the country’s interests, people welfare, development opportunities, social collation, cultural cohesion, political focus and centeredness.
I pray. The world wouldn’t be with much of its enablers and positive moderation without India.
The pic below is a metophor for how India is poised today. Let’s wish ourselves well … blooming tentatively.
- TAREK FATAH – India is a gift that keeps on giving (sunnewsnetwork.ca)