Happy 61st Republic Day. I think we have a very special type of FREEDOM which no other country has. I am not sure how immensely proud I should be of such FREEDOM. I am writing this article based on the history of the place where I live.
History tells me that “We have the freedom to constitute the First States Reorganization Commission in 1953. We have the freedom of not abiding by the recommendations of the SRC. We not only have the freedom to suppress some recommendations of SRC but the will and aspirations of a region. And to pacify this region we have the freedom to announce a Gentlemen’s Agreement. Then to contradict it we have the freedom not to implement this Agreement. We have the freedom to announce more Formulas, Agreements, Committees and Government Orders to pacify this region. Then once again our freedom gives us the authority not to implement them. We have the freedom to kill protests. We have the freedom to announce plans of Statehood to this region in our Election Alliances, Maha Kutamies, Manifestos and Speeches and what not to win elections and then the freedom to forget everything. Once in power or authority we have the freedom to give excuses and sleep over the issue for years. We have the freedom to silence anyone who would question our actions. We have the freedom to say for years that we will abide by the decision of our Supreme Leader and High Command. We have the freedom to say minutes before the Supreme Leader’s announcement that we have no objection to the formation of a separate State. And when the Supreme Leader and the High Command announce a favorable decision we have the freedom to withdraw our assurances and go against the Command of the so called Supreme Leader. We have the freedom to cause hindrance when someone is rejoicing. We have the freedom to become crybabies when some long pending justice is being carried out. We have the freedom to cheat, deceive and fall back on our promises. We have the freedom to be selfish. We have the freedom of not being ashamed of our actions or intentions. We have the freedom to humiliate, insult and deprive a section of people. We have the freedom to soft pedal one agitation and use brutal force to suppress another. We have the freedom to remain silent and unconcerned as a peoples movement is getting stronger. We have the freedom to play politics and suppress a movement. We have the freedom to sleep or remain patient until problems cease by themselves, hopefully. We have the freedom to run the Nation for some, by some, entirely to our advantage. And for this goal we shall continue to strive for FREEDOM and POWER. Long live our FREEDOM.”
I hope and pray that with some divine intervention the next Republic Day will be a better and happier one for my struggling region, if not the next may be the one after that or the one after that……at least the one before my death, GOD help us, please, p l e a s e, P L E A S E.