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Purine Swaraj

With the revolt, or the so-said-mutiny of 1857, we began the war of Independence. On the auspicious day, Friday, 15 August 1947 we gained our Independence. We became a Free Country guaranteeing ‘freedom’ to all its citizens, gifting them पूर्ण स्वराज|

We fought hard for it, and we have every right to be happy about it.  After all, we are amongst the very few nations where the citizens have the freedom to take everything for a free ride. Well, yeah you need to pay here and there.. (okay everywhere!), but certainly not necessary to pay the nation! We are amongst the very few nations where we have complete Peedom (not just Freedom), its the Purine Swaraj!


A sight at Bandra-Worli Sea Link :: Enjoy the Peedom

I got this as a forwarded mail, which is supposedly taken on the morning of the opening of Bandra-Worli Sea Link. A one of its kind bridge over the Arabian Sea which is supposed to solve quite a lot of traffic problems on that route. Seems, this guy just has added another link there, with the sea.

Yes. That is what underlines the fact (in wet letters) that we ARE living in a country with MEN of free will. That is what we fought for, all those years, against the Britishers. I believe that there is quite a possibility, that a sight of a similar nature, could have acted as an inspiration for the Englishmen — to couple ‘Dogs & Indians’ together, on most of their signage outside the prohibited British premises.

Are we ashamed of it? NO! We aint. Should we be? I am not too sure of that either. As, I yet don’t know even a single male citizen of the glorious India, who can truthfully claim of never having relieved against a wall, and that puts us all on an equal footing. Ah, isn’t that a relief? Everyone being equally wrong, so that no one can point fingers! So shame or No shame, doesn’t actually make a difference. (?)

I ain’t being judgmental here, I have no opinions against the ‘men of free will’. But yes, I wish for some more will power for a stronger hold, and places without such sea-links 😉 Just to quote (out of habit): our first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, once said:

“The day everyone of us gets a toilet to use, I shall know that our country has reached the pinnacle of progress.”

So, next time you see some one against the wall, you can be sure that we are still away from the pinnacle. Wow, sounds a nice quantifiable measure of progress, isn’t it?

Till then, having achieved our freedom of exhibition expression;  lets paint the cities in the true colours of India.