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What does Independence Day actually mean???

Updated on November 2, 2015

I am an Indian and I am proud to be an Indian and I am writing this on 16th August which one day after our independence day but this does not mean that this blog concerns only Indians, This is a question which is related to everyone not just Indians.

You must be thinking what a stupid question it is, I mean who doesn't know the meaning of Independence day, I am guessing the answer that comes to everyone's mind is the day when India( or any other country in respect of their own Independence day) became independent. Now that's a very precise and up to the point answer but do you think this is the complete answer? I think "No" the complete answer will be that It is the day when India got independent of Britishers that is when the governing of India was officially handed to Indians. I don't think that today the answer which we give is sufficient because before 1947 or before the independence of any country from a foreign government different sections of society or for different people meaning of Independence was different and their expectations from the day they get Independence were different. So basically the main questions that I am asking is did everyone got what they expected after they became independent . Now I'll be talking with respect to India, A country is made by it's citizens so if you consider the literal meaning of Independence it is the day every Indian became Independent, but this didn't happen as there were many Indians were owned by others both before and after independence. It's just that their ownership got transferred from one hand to another. There are women in India who are not yet free to take their own decisions. Our second president and philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan explained the meaning of Indian flag as

Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The "Ashoka Chakra" in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

Has this definition been justified by us, I don't think so. Friends I am not here to give you answers to these questions, I am here to suggest you some questions that you should ask yourself and others and the biggest question is "We know India became Independent on 15th August 1947 but are Indians Independent up till now???"

Please give time from your busy schedule and express your precious views in the comments section at the bottom.

So please tell do you think the meaning of Independence day has been justified?

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