What does independence mean to children dying in the hospital out of utter negligence?
What does independence mean to sexually assaulted women facing character assassination?
What does independence mean to aboriginals being deprived of their right to live by the state?
What does independence mean to sanitation workers dying in gutters?
What does independence mean to Dalits facing everyday discrimination?
What does independence mean to Muslims being labeled as traitors?
What does independence mean to women still facing patriarchal oppression?
What does independence mean to 40% of the Indian population living under army occupation?
What does independence mean to 70% of the Indian population living on just $2 a day?
What does independence mean to farmers being forced to commit suicide?
What does independence mean to the North Easterns who are called Chinese and whores?
What does independence mean to South Indians subjected to racial slurs and linguistic imperialism?
And what does independence mean to the 10,000 people who die daily from starvation?
Aren’t we still with being happy that seven decades back some rich brown people secured their right to contest in elections!
Guess the world would be a better place if men just relieve themselves from their divine duty of “protecting the honour of women!”
In a world where most of the crimes against women are committed by family members and relatives, believing that women are safer at home and vulnerable outside is itself delusional and superstitious.
How will all you guardians of culture protect a woman from a murdering brother or a rapist father or an abusive husband!!!
Okay the army men take orders from their bosses only to execute them without question because the duty of a soldier is to obey not question! So how can a machinery that is prohibited to question or even think can be made the yardstick for measuring the patriotism level of a civilian when the duty of patriot is to protect his country from his govt??
Because as far as I know sth called military has been involved in nearly every war every genocide every human conflict and every genocidal rape throughout the human history. And we must not forget our founding fathers and mothers were some of the most defiant, rational and thinking beings of their times.
As long as there are borders as long as there are standing armies as long as there is the concept of us and them the world will never know peace. So I believe pioneers of a warless world will be the youths who will abstain themselves from military service!
As Rabindranath Tagore said I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity. So let’s just choose humanity over those narrow domestic walls as there are many bourgeois elites who are ready to sacrifice millions of poor for their quarrels so lets just allow those rich fight their own wars!
Let’s love humans not chunks of land!!