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Into that heaven of freedom, let my country awake

Peoples Voice on August 16, 2015 - 7:38 pm in Society

Three scores and eight years after we became independent, we haven’t yet met our tryst with destiny.

Farmers are forced to commit suicide as our agriculture is in crisis.

We built modern temples but the benefits of the modern temples reached only the elite.

The richest 1% of Indians own 50% of wealth of the country while 80% of Indians earn less than two dollars a day and millions of children sleep hungry.

While we built elite educational institutions like AIIMS, IITs and IIMs, 26% of Indians are still illiterate, less than 7% are graduates and only about 22% matriculate and above.

The largest killer disease in India is dysentery which is curable, pointing to our poor health infrastructure no accessibility to health facilities for poor.

38.5% Indians live in one room with large families – cooking, eating and sleeping in the same room with no privacy to women in the family.

Communal and terrorist violence takes toll of scores of lives every year and perpetrators of communal violence are hardly brought to justice.

Justice is not yet fully free from class, caste, gender, communal, ethnic and linguistic prejudices.

Crony capitalism is corroding our society.

Our tryst with destiny was to build India wherein there would be justice – social, economic and political for all Indians; liberty of thought, beliefs and expression; equality of opportunity and status; fraternity among all Indian and dignity for all Indians.

Let us resolve this Independence day to strive to build a democratic and inclusive India – Jai Hind

Irfan Engineer
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism


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