What is the relevance of freedom in the world’s largest democracy? The foreign hand and its garb of partisan politics has gone long ago. The rewiring of our brains is also over as we seek to establish an international footprint and communicate in English. Indians have become successful migrants and occupy many important positions in multinational companies all over the world. Is there something common at all that links us in our mind and mindsets?
There is a constant tug-of-war as India refurbishes its image on the world stage portraying a developed-country aspiration but like a flying kite still has its reins in the developing-world tag. Is it the burden of over-population that keeps offering new challenges? Is it the branding of a confused culture rhetoric that makes it an eastern-western mix? Is it the raging debate of urban and rural disparity driving change up a roller-coaster? Remove yourself some light years away, and India sends a probe to Mars successfully and it makes the world sit up and take notice of its technological prowess.
So what makes India?
Intrinsically, we are dreamers and as an eastern world which believes in the power of mind and meditation, we have an uncanny ability to stay driven through intuition and belief.
We are hard workers and have seen the real meaning of Darwin’s survival-of-the-fittest theory as we fight our way through seats in education and jobs, whose matrix changes whenever a new community wants to be recognized and reserve its patronage. We are very closely knit and try to leverage networks through contracts, business and clannish enough to even promote marriages and follow the gene code to exert its supremacy.
We are original thinkers but have had to start again and again, as invaders have taken knowledge and precious booty out of the country and told us to rethink our own self-respect. No point in repeating the story of the Zero, Chess, Takshashila, Astronomy, Navigation, Ayurveda, Zinc extraction, Yoga and more. Nowadays, it’s the export of Indian minds.
We have led from the front, in the real sense. We also sent the most number of soldiers to the world war to win our place on the international stage. Nowadays, we send most soldiers to fight terrorism or protect infiltrations from borders. Amongst the world’s largest armies and a nuclear capable backbone lies the power of unified patriotism of many states and more languages.
We are normally very friendly as our culture is very compassionate and absorbs even the irrationality of other regions with open arms. We are always looking to shift our attention to cult driven leaders and have just learned that business leaders who create economic highs can also have a following like sportspeople and film stars.
We have the power to call many launches, products, demonstrations as one of the world’s largest as the numbers are here, and the world’s largest sea of humanity thrives here. Yes, we have our shares of power woes, natural calamities, traffic congestion, corruption, black money, political ill-will and political do-goodness together, but we seem to go on with a high degree of optimism.
And today, as a new found power of materialism sweeps across India, we have to make sure that technology and its benefits that’s waking up a new India touches its every corner. It’s not just the freedom to earn or enjoy, but to keep a tab on the new language of the fast life that’s enveloping us. True independence is when every life in India gets certain benefits of food, healthcare and kindness, not as a donation but as a responsibility. We don’t have social security, but we can create a cover of life-sustaining benefits for every underprivileged Indian.
When rural India holds its own in tandem with urban India and drives change together, without being a second fiddle. When the labourer’s child, no matter what his skin colour, can walk into the nearest school, when his or her parents toil to make that skyscraper. When women and children can walk carefree in the wee hours without causing stress to their overtly worried families. When it is not so difficult to bridge the gap of idealism and practicality, happily.
When it is not so tough to celebrate this new relevance of freedom to share and care. That’s the independence of a comforted nation that will truly give us a pride of belonging to the world’s oldest culture.