69th Republic Day; A Reality Check
“If yet your blood does not rage, it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland” are the words of Chandra Shekhar Azad, who evoked millions to reclaim our motherland along with other prominent freedom fighters and set our country out to become the largest democracy in the world.
After independence, the Constituent Assembly appointed the drafting committee, having Dr. BR Ambedkar as its chairman to draft the constitution. The drafting committee was tasked with framing the constitution, which would be passed and accepted by the assembly. Even though India got its independence in 1947, it took almost three years to make its constitution, which came into effect on January 26, 1950. Since then India has become a federal, democratic republic within the Commonwealth, abolishing the monarchy of the British regime.
Even after many years of independence, we are in the same shackles of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, female infanticide, obsolete caste system, untouchability and what not! We do encounter the issue of unemployment and underemployment on a large scale. We have poor infrastructure facilities, no matter how much we boast our advancement in terms of defense and nuclear power.
Our corrupt bureaucrats and politicians sucked the welfare out of the country. Still, they win the elections each time with the absolute majority of people whom they've deceived for decades. Farmers, who constitute a large population are dying and protesting for their basic rights. We have been insensitive since long to various issues that are deteriorating our country’s growth in every aspect.
Now the situation has come where it is essential to tackle all the problems in the most effective way possible. We do need next generations to raise their voice against the inequalities and social injustice; we require a set of people, who can bring immense changes in the existing systems but not the ones who wreck everything in the name of sheer fanaticism and zealotry. We, as a country, don't need extremists, we need patriots who dream of a better India and work for it. It’s high time that we must repay our predecessor’s dreams of a ‘united India’, as they’ve sacrificed their lives for our freedom.