(Translation of an excellent article from Thuglak, a Tamil fortnightly)
Preface: Is it a rule that only PM or CM should unfurl the National Flag and address the citizens? Should not a chance be given to a citizen who is enjoying independence?(?!)
This is an attempt to think how a citizen will address on the eve of Independence Day.
My dear Citizens of India (bayoon aur bahnoo)
Namaskar. India is a free country and everybody has freedom. Isn’t it? There is no section of our society which is not enjoying freedom in this country. Even our prisoners are free to live with kanja and Mobile phones inside the prisons. Not only there is freedom for the prisoners to attack each other inside prison, even outsiders have the freedom to trespass into the prison and attack the prisoners. Even jailers cannot interfere with this kind of freedom.
It is not necessary for people to be confined to their homes at the time of power cut. They have the freedom to walk outside and enjoy free air. They can return to their houses once the power supply is restored. As citizens are having freedom to complain regarding power failures, the officials of Electricity Board are also having equal freedom to keep the phone receivers off the hook always.
If you are a Government contractor there is no compulsion that you should lay the roads properly as per specifications. If anybody has any such expectation will it not amount to interference in your freedom? You can lay roads as per your will and wish. Even you may choose not lay roads at all because it is your freedom. If the roads suddenly disappear in rains, people have the freedom to reach their houses by boats or by swimming.
Government has given the freedom for all unemployed people to register their names. If they are not satisfied with the registration, they are free to search for employment elsewhere. No body has the right to prevent them. If unexpectedly they get any job, I should mention here with...
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