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By Prakhar Patidar
Historically men have been considered to be worldly, and women, on the contrary, homely. Thus they are raised to fit these identities. While men are raised to run the world, women are expected to grow up and run homes. Our society is patriarchal in nature, i.e. it favors men and considers females to be subhuman, and despite the legal recognition of each citizen as equal by our constitution, the freedom gap between the two is far from being bridged.
Freedom from poverty is what she demands
Has Freedom Come For All? Photo by V Srinivasan on Unsplash
Photo by V Srinivasan on Unsplash
Even after seven decades of Independent India, women still find themselves shackled by society's orthodox outlook towards them. Some might argue that things aren't as bad as they once were. We have taken leaps from social evils like female foeticide, child marriage, and exclusion from education but, this defense is as dated as is the victory over these particular social evils.
Her eyes are glimpse to the past
Old aged woman with floral dupatta scarf hold black leather cover book
Photo by Richard Saunders on Unsplash
What I mean is, no doubt it was important to do away with these and deservedly celebrate when done away with but it's time we move on to what presently troubles our women. It is foolish to bask in the glory of the sun that rose and set in the past. Yes, far more girls get to live, marry at legal age, and get educated than what was the case decades ago. The discussion could have ended if these were the only criteria to be able to live truly as a free citizen of the country, but sadly there is a lot more to freedom.
Participation of women in farming
women working on farm field during daytime. Photo by Deepak kumar on Unsplash
Photo by Deepak kumar on Unsplash
Freedom can be only enjoyed when it comes with a sense of safety, inclusion, acceptance, support, and a choice to live life as one wishes, On paper, everyone has equal rights. In reality, one's rights are determined by a number of factors such as caste, class, gender, ethnicity because while we may have been able to break free from colonial rule, social biases still prevail.
Girls performing traditional dance
Teenage girls performing traditional dance. Photo by pavan gupta on Unsplash
Photo by pavan gupta on Unsplash
Independence day is a bittersweet day. While it brings the pride of the successful fruition of the freedom struggle, it also brings the reminder of the battles India is still fighting. It is easy to tell that men and women enjoy different degrees of freedom. One need not look beyond our own homes, immediate circles, and social reality to find examples of gender inequality.
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By Himanshu Shridhar
This will be a tale of a lifetime. One that could regale your whole squad when it's bedtime story time or whatnot.
Nagarbhavi is a cocooned area nestled in Bangalore and honestly, the area we live in doesn't pay any impetus to bolster our Indian freedom struggle via a community lens.
So as you all know, Independence day is a didactic teachable moment to all of us. It impresses upon us the solidarity and the strength of a community effort and the salvageable inner gumption of a few great freedom fighters who gave it their all to not finally keep bowing down to British laid down strictures.
I usually set up a few firecrackers and try to have the time of my life during the day. It isn't about how many people you celebrate that newfound freedom with, it's about enjoying and grappling with that nostalgic fondness of that unparalleled legacy that will forever be etched in our minds.
On the 15th of August generally waking up rather exuberantly and prancing down the stairs to go outside and buy the flag memorabilia that you get on the streets being sold by street hawkers is a small joy I love to partake in. Strapping it firmly onto my lapels and going about my day sets my mind at ease and makes me comprehend the harsh horrors our harbingers of freedom had to face, to get to that point.
Then processing to college wherein everyone is dressed in a certain variation of the tricolor makes me beam with pride from within. With the flag hoisting and the other allied ceremonies taking place, it just makes me more and more jingoistic and proactive when it comes to meeting out my service and duty towards my hinterland -India.
India's first-ever gold medallist in track and field in the Olympics, Neeraj Chopra, on Sunday expressed his joy after attending the 75th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort, saying "it feels great" that the entire nation is proud of the history that was made in Tokyo.
India's Olympic heroes including Neeraj, Mirabai Chanu, Ravi Dahiya along officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) attended the Independence Day celebrations.
"I can't express the feeling. It was really great. I am honoured to attend the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort. As a soldier or an athlete, my heart is full of emotion when I see the national flag flying high. It made me feel proud," said Neeraj on the sidelines of the felicitation function organised by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at the Ashoka hotel.
"This is just the beginning of the journey. A boy from a simple family like me has become a favourite of the whole country. The kind of support we (athletes) are getting from the government is tremendous. It will help us to work more and win more medals for the nation," he added.
Neeraj received a Rs 75 lakh reward from the IOA. "I want to thank the IOA for such a lovely ceremony and support," he added.
Asked about his health as Neeraj was down with fever earlier, the Javelin star said, "He is fine". (IANS/SB)
As a humanities student, I completely empathize with the freedom struggle and those brave hearts who very intrepid and gallant in their efforts. The usual name that have gone down in the annals of history are typically Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Laxmi Bai, Mangal Pandey etc. but there are so many untold clandestine heroes who were never truly given the limelight and exposure needed to further their martyrdom in the history books that we rad today. As we eschew in our 75th Independence Day, let us take a moment to fondly remember all those who laid down their lives in the fruitless albeit really impactful pursuit to extricate the stranglehold the British Raj had on our lives.
Their jingoism was also at its zenith. Yet nowhere were these fallen people ever mentioned, it is indeed a heartbreaking prospect.
Some of the indomitable heroes who fought relentlessly and tirelessly for our freedom are now given the due credit and mention.
Aruna Asaf Ali
Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi
Peer Ali Khan
Benoy-Badal-Dinesh and many more.
Purely relegated from the mainstream, their contributions were equally important if not more. At least let this 75th be one rife with utmost contemplation and see where we have gone wrong, let us see this as an opportunity to galvanize our fellow people, foster hope, joy and a better future for everybody, stop petty and pedantic strife and religious kerfuffle.
Let us take this article as a laudatory swansong or an ode to these comrades who without any compunction of fearing the loss of their lives gave it away so wholeheartedly and magnanimously if it meant that their fellow cohorts were safe, and they did it. Salute. Vande Mataram. Jai Hind. Mera Bharat mahaan. This has been my first tryst with the legends of our history but it will never be my last. I’m sure there are a multitude more stories of the underdogs who have justly served their nation behind the veneer of the front lines. My heart goes out to all of you. We are here today because of you and we cherish your feats. You all are cut from a different cloth. Minstrels will write songs about you and your fearsomeness.