15 August- Independence Day, Azadi Ka Din, Swatantrata Diwas these words mean a lot to us Indians.

In today’s times, where we Indians are still fighting for our rights, for things like net neutrality, freedom from corruption and religious fanaticism and what not, I still don’t know whether we should celebrate “Independence”.
Agreed we are an Independent nation today. Despite being looted and ruled by the Britishers for 150 years, we have risen at a good height. We have set an example to the world in terms of Yoga, spirituality and our Mars Project by ISRO among many others. We are an icon of peace and tolerance and hospitality.
There is not an iota of doubt about all of these things.
Even then, I feel we have a long way to go. We are battling within our nation. We are a nation of contrasts. We have the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor from our nation. The world is abuzz about Sundar Pichai being Google’s CEO and then when I see beggars around, I wonder where we stand.
The fact that we still have a long way to go, is something which I guess everyone knows. My question is are we doing enough for our nation?
Are we trying to sort out differences between castes and religions? Are we fighting enough? You, me everybody? Every few seconds, there is someone out there getting raped, killed or fights breaking out on basis of religion. We still have cases of dowry and honour killings where couples aren’t allowed to marry each other if they are from a different caste or religion.
We still have women being killed in the womb and child marriages happening. We still have underage kids working at shops as servants or doing labour. Child labour still prevails- We see them and what do we do?? We Ignore. Yes Ignore is what we do,  If all those things still prevail are we “Independent” and “Free” in the true sense? 
 We have set an example of togetherness when we selected the Modi Government to lead us. But do our responsibilities end there?? I don’t think so. We can’t just crib about the government not doing it’s job. “WE” are the “Owners” of our country and we have the “Power” to change it- for the better or the worse. Friends, our country is our responsibility and not just of all the ‘babus’ sitting in the government offices.
Unless we start doing things at a smaller scale, we cannot expect a big change to happen. We need to stop offering money to get our things done or stop creating litter around our localities. We need to change our mindset and mingle more with each other. The sense of belonging between us needs to grow. I know most of us do it, but some times we get lax, sometimes we have that “Chalta Hai” attitude which allows the terrorists, politicians and other people to take advantage of it. 
Let’s say No to “Corruption, Poverty, Illiteracy, Domestic Violence and other issues” Let’s say “Nahi Chalta Hai Boss” 
We stand together as one nation today in spite of our differences in caste, race, religion and colour because I know that deep down, we all love our nation, the way it is.
I have been to a foreign land and lived there for quite a while. In spite of it being a perfect place, the warmth and hospitality of our country was something I missed until I came back home. 
Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Subhashchandra Bose and lakhs of others died trying to make our lives better.
Let’s not create hell for ourselves and for our future generations. Let is introspect on where do we stand. Let us move forward together. We still have a long long way to go. Let’s be proactive and take charge of our nation. At the end of the day, it is we who will live and die on this land, so let us make it worthwhile, Let us be the India of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam Sir’s dreams, what do you think?
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