Modern India had a very troubled beginning. The India we know today transpired through many through chapters. Our independence was only possible because of the work & sacrifice of select individuals. That is why we still remember them and that is why we must honour them.
The spirit of India was virtually crippled, back during the British Raj. The millions of Indians submitted so easily to the very few whites fearfully and without any question. People thought of themselves as lesser mortals. Yet despite these factors, some people thought different. It takes a lot of courage, to follow the path of truth, and to stand up for what one believes in, especially when everyone else is hopelessly convinced otherwise. Raja Rammohun Roy thought different, and fought for his beliefs. He went against sati and the society fought back. Eventually he succeeded, becoming a legend and a source of inspiration to others for generations to come. Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, the Vidyasagar of Bengal was another revolutionary who rose against the social evils. He vehemently fought against the practices of sati & child marriage and strongly stood for widow remarriage. Sadly, they were among the only few hundred others who had the courage to embrace change. Rani Laxmi Bai, Tantia Topey, Mangal Pandey, Birsa Munda amongst others, had the fortitude to wage a full scale war against the Raj despite their small ranks. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru Chandrasekhar Azad- they were freedom fighters in the truest sense. Only they had the tenacity too confront the British openly, while everyone they knew in their life were busy serving the outsiders diffidently till their last breath. And many Indians were in fact working against the rebels. Just think, all the lathi charges, the gun firings, the arrests, were done by the hands of Indians only. India fought equally well on the political front. Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, these men dared to represent the country openly against the British high command.
But the fact remains that the total number of revolutionaries was infinitesimally small compared to the rest of the population of the country. Most of the people believed in the Britishers and if that situation would have been prevalent today, I can confidently say that we would have been a member of the common class, who used to live in ignorance and would have no role in the freedom struggle. And surely many of us would have been even ridiculing the effort of rebels!
And today we disparage Dr. B.R. Ambedkar for drafting such a huge and inefficient constitution. We oppose Gandhi for our delayed independence and giving an unfair advantage to the minorities. We deemed Jawaharlal Nehru as the problem child of India for his post-independence policies. In short we spit on the names of the people who led this country to independence in the first place.
But if not them, was anyone else there to take their role in the first place? Did any other Indian had the courage to take the steps that they had taken? Yes, their decisions and work have been proven wrong in some context in today’s times, but their aim was the betterment of the country and her people only. Some people secretly backed them when the British were here and all of them cheered for them when the whites were gone. They were the Masaya’s in the eyes of the people. Because they have dedicated their life & soul for the nation. Because they had sacrificed everything for our nation. Because they had freed our nation.
Human nature is strange and many times disgusting. We must try to look into our humanity and find respect for these brave souls.
This country has many problems. But all blame can’t be pinned on them, and what good will that do in the first place? If we want our problems gone, we have to solve it on our own. This country is still not independent. Many social evils still prevail. There are innumerable other problems beside corruption. The salvation of the country is the highest form of respect we can give to our forefathers. We must live up to their hopes and dreams. We must work for India. We must Honour Our Fathers.
This post was submitted to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Doubters Alert