(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.
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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.
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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 pride, they have the freedom to strike work too. There is total freedom to choose a business of your choice in this country. If you prefer to select the business of smuggling, you are free to smuggle rice, sand, cement or TV as you wish. There is no legal list restricting things to be smuggled. Anything can be smuggled.
If that is not possible you can conveniently start the business of manufacturing pirated CDs from the comforts of your house itself. There is no unnecessary compulsion that only people with a MBBS degree should practice. Anybody can freely practice medicine in this country even without any degree.. The age old tradition that only government can print currency notes has been smashed now. In independent India people have the freedom to print currency notes. You can notice with happiness that there are various groups enjoying the freedom of printing currency notes operating from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Maoists and terrorists are also enjoying freedom in this great country. Maoists are free to derail any train at any time and in any route. Terrorists are free to plant bombs anywhere in this country. To honour the freedom given to Maoists and terrorists, our PM is addressing the Nation from a bullet-proof case on the 15th of August. Poor PM, he is the only person not having freedom in this country! There is no bar on Ministers regarding quantum of corruption. Sky is the limit. They can loot lakhs or crores depending on their abilities.
Similarly there is no bar specifying that corruption can be only in certain departments or areas. Independent India has given them enormous freedom to corrupt anything to any extent. At the same time you may please note that our people have the freedom to understand which Minister has looted how many crores by reading newspapers or by watching TVs. Moreover people have the further freedom of choosing the party which can corrupt them in the next five years. This list of freedom is very big and I cannot explain each and every one. Long live Independent India! Long live our freedom! Jai Hind.