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Why do we celebrate Independence Day and Republic Day with so much ostentation? We have been unable to provide basic amenities to people in 60 years of Independence. People are still living without electricity and water, with poor health facilities. This situation does not exist only in villages — even the capital has to undergo 8-10 hours of power-cuts. Independence Day means nothing until the common man leads a comfortable life.
The editorial A nation, its state (August 15) has correctly stated that India has defied famines, wars and separatist movements, yet is thriving in all its diversity. But we should not get complacent — we must anticipate the challenges ahead and be prepared to meet them. The celebration is premature as we are on the threshold of the worst challenge that liberalisation has brought us — a threat to our very unity and integrity.
Why are we celebrating Independence Day when there is widespread power shortage, increasing numbers of farmers’ suicides, floods leading to loss of life and property, and growing disparity in income levels of people leading to rise in crime and Naxalism?
Kudos to Harsh Mander for highlighting the plight of Dalits in our country (Freedom’s just another word, August 15). Many Dalits do not even know what independence means because they are still living as slaves, 59 years after Independence. We should vow to fight such practices.
Apropos of the report Tourists who never went back (August 12), thousands of Bangladeshis living in our country pose a serious threat to our security and a drain on our already stretched resources. A forward-looking policy response is required.
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