No. 60 – Yet Another Independence Day
Yet another independence day comes. TV channels air patriotic stuff including movies, songs and programmes all day, not to forget the speech by the Prime Minister from the Red Fort. Newspapers carry articles by eminent personalities on the theme; some praising what we have achieved, others lamenting what we have not.
School kids sing the National Anthem, collect the sweets and rush home play their favourite games. Grown up ones who have done this all their lives, will try to do something different…movies may be. Politicos deliver patriotic speeches and make a few more promises, the junta claps, sings the national anthem and goes home to watch TV.
On the TV, a private company piggybacks its advertisements on the national anthem showing the flag fluttering in all its glory. We are supposed to stand up when the national anthem is played, but who cares? It’s just an advertisement after all.
Crossroads are adorned by strings of the tricolour. By the evening, they’ll have fallen to the ground and will be getting dirty on the road, no one cares…the celebration (read the holiday) is all but over. We are gonna be back to our daily chores the next day…so go back home and sleep. Even as this happens, the patriotic songs, movies etc. will keep playing till the midnight…and the next day they are gone…just like the yesterday has gone. Doesn’t matter what the day was meant to recognise. We had a good time…a nice holiday, that’s what matters.
Here’s wishing every Indian a very Happy Independence Day. Jai Hind.