Do we uphold the values and beliefs set by our leaders then? Does todayâ€™s youth realize the sacrifices and contributions the nation had made for a freedom which has now become a birth-right for them? And more such issues come up a week before the big day and everyone suddenly is talking about love for the country, patriotism etc. Letâ€™s remember all this in a count-down for the big day. Post August 15th we are back to our core issues â€“ corruption, poverty, calamities and more.
â€œFamiliar yet Strangeâ€ from Outlook talks about the meaning of freedom for todayâ€™s youth. Letâ€™s look at it this way â€“ itâ€™s been 50 years since we got independence. We are now in the 21st century moving towards a rapid globalization which is being supported by almost all the world countries. Are we correct in raising questions about eating at Subway or wearing Levis, yet? Donâ€™t get me wrong, I would love to do something for this country and I believe in a little way everyone does. But can we point fingers and say â€œYou arenâ€™t doing anything because you are not supporting the government, you are not in the armed forces. Is that fair?â€
Maybe I am making too much of a generalization here, when I would say that every citizen would like to make a difference to the development of this country and respect the true value of itâ€™s independence victory. But tell me how many such platforms are available? How many such leaders like the ones from the freedom struggle will you find today?
Letâ€™s not forget that although the freedom struggle was powered by the common man it was lead by true leaders who had their motives clear and their hearts set for the freedom of their motherland. Let us find such leaders in the next generation who are poised to take over the government leadership â€“ Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, Rahul Gandhi and moreâ€¦.
Meanwhile I spent the day watching a lot of patriotism themed movies. The day started with Swades which was a very interesting film indeed and thatâ€™s where the message is â€œEveryone one of us has it within to make a difference to this country â€“ We just need the right platform for expression. Mohan Bhargav found his in Charanpur gaon.â€ Later in the evening we managed to get tickets for â€œThe Risingâ€ and I think after Lagaan, Aamir once again has done a splendid job on this project. Although I believe the ending could have been edited better.
And now I sleep as the nation moves into another year of its freedom.