"To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom."
- Andre Gide
India completes 65 years of being independent today. There are many who quote Rabindranath Tagore's poem, "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high" mindlessly. What do the feudals have to fear and will they permit their 'slaves' to hold their head high and speak out any truth, forget a truth uncomfortable to them? These are people who thrive on "narrow domestic walls". In fact, they flaunt fearlessness in opposition to those outside their own walls.
It's easy to memorise homilies and lecture others. In their slumber, they mumble "let my country awake".
And then there is this - a silence of poignant wakefulness:
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I cannot do better than that. Or add to what I have already written in Despicable dogs and Independence and Lay off the National Anthem.
A Happy Independence Day to all Indians think beyond 24 hours...and look back, and ahead, with anger if needed.