Here’s wishing everyone, all my Indian friends on WP a very very happy independence day.
If you ask me I love my country,
I am a mixed South Indian and proud of my roots.
Yes the West does appeal to me, Whenever I watch “The English movies” (that’s how we call Hollywood) I sometimes wish and think how things would have been if I were an Indian born and brought up abroad but nope I loveeeeeee being a Southy (that’s how we are referred too)
Coming to a bit more serious topic.. What is true Independence for you??
This question applies to all my reader friends from all Nations across the world.
For me personally, growing up in an open minded family (most Indian families are orthodox so) being treated equally, in fact being given more importance and attention than my brother as I am the younger one, so more pampering ensured, I never had an area where i felt I was confined and restrained.
So my views on true meaning of independence is different.
For me, today, being independent means being able to come back home at 10 p.m without having to worry about being a GIRL out at NIGHT.
Being able to wear what I want.. Even today we have people staring at you when you wear a frock or a skirt, Being able to dress freely without having to worry about being gaped at or have men oggling at you, be it the malls or the movies.
Being able to wear what I want without having to worry about covering up my arms or butt.
Being able to go for my walks on the roads without worrying about it being safe or not!
Not having to carry a pocket knife every time I go out alone in the evenings.
Even in today’s modern day, there are companies and workplaces who look down upon pregnant women or woman who have taken maternity leave or planning for one. It’s like as if they have committed a crime being pregnant..
Being independent means the willingness to board a cab/taxi or an auto after 8 p.m without having to call your parents and family and inform the vehicle number, without having to keep an eye on the driver (so many cases of rape have taken place this way, so better to be cautious than sorry)
Being independent would mean not having to worry and live in a constant fear about our daughter’s safety…from an infant to an elderly lady, women irrespective of age groups are not safe..
The true essence of feeling independent would be when I don’t have to expect a rude abusive answer or a harried look from the bus conductor when I ask for my return change for the ticket I have purchased or have an argument with the auto driver over the excess fare he demands.
Not having to carry a pepper spray or a small pocket knife in your handbag always…
This is the independent world we live in??!!!
I do love my country, Pardon me if I am sounding toooo patriotic but yes indeed I feel blessed to be born here but everything comes with it’s own drawbacks and these are just a few of my rants at what being truly independent means to me..
With all due respect to our freedom fighters who have laid down their lives so ours could be better.. Hope things change for the better soon…
Happy Independence Day everyone..
What does true independence mean to you?? Do share in your views..