Have We Taken Our Independence for Granted?

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Today as we freely move around in our country without anyone questioning or imposing any kinds of restrictions on us we feel satisfied and contended. But this satisfaction is due to the efforts taken by our freedom fighters or national leaders to free our country from the British rule. Its because of our them that today we are enjoying are freedom. Their satyagrahas, sacrifices, and tortures have resulted in the freedom that we enjoy today in our motherland India. But, what have we done after that? They gave us freedom and went, but after that what have we, as Indians, done for this country? Haven’t we taken our independence for granted?

I, as a part of today’s youth can say that we no longer have any value for our precious independence. Its not that we don’t have an idea that our national leaders have faced so many hardships and have even laid down their lives for us. We have all read and learnt about it in our History textbooks in school which we always used to, and, still consider as ‘boring’ and ‘unimportant’. It’s just that we don’t understand the seriousness of the contribution of our national leaders. If today, WE were in the same situation what our national leaders were in that time, would we as Indians be able to sacrifice our lives for our country without any hesitation? Though we may say YES but the real answer is NO. Sacrificing your life is not a joke! But they did it. It’s just sad that we as Indians have forgotten everything and remember them only when a Lage Raho Munnabhai or a Rang De Basanti is released.

Obviously I’m not expecting us to sacrifice our lives or something. Not all of us can be a Mahatma Gandhi or a Bhagat Singh. But the least we can do is to try to eradicate or to solve the problems of our country. Problems such as poverty, population, unemployment and of course the most important one - corruption. To be honest,...
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