I know at least two people who were born in India, not just on August 15 but on August 15 of 1947. You can quite easily guess what they were named. “Swatantra” means “freedom” so these boys were named Swatantran and Swatantra Kumar reflecting how this sentiment held sway both in the South and the North of India. They entered a world when India became independent after decades under the British Raj. We then became a democratic Republic in 1950 and started having General Elections, usually once in 5 years. Continue reading
Reading today’s ” Times of India “underscores for me the paradox that is India. An item says that an apartment in Mumbai’s posh Nariman Point area was sold for Rs. 34 crore. The rate per square foot – an astonishing Rs. 97, 842 ! Just above, is another item which says that in 2005, the last year for which complete figures are available, there were as many as 312 suicides per day, one-third of them by women.
Robert Vadra is not subject to security frisking at India’s civil airports but the Chiefs of the defence services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are!! Robert Vadra is not the Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces. He happens to be the son-in-law of Congress Chief, Sonia Gandhi.
We have some the brightest people as well as some of the most primitive social systems. We enjoy the benefits of democracy with some of the worst violations taking place under the guise of democratic norms. In some aspects we are more Leftist than Communist China. We are proud of our past and yet do not learn lessons from it.
This is the paradox that it India. As many would say in India ” We are like that only”!