By Srinivasa Desikan
Independence Day is around the corner….Suddenly the patriotism hibernating inside us suddenly wakes up and makes us feel proud as an Indian for 24 hrs…and i mean it…Strictly 24 hours…Tomorrow,the channels in Televisions and Radios will be flooded with Independence day wishes and so does facebook,twitter and whatsapp.But everytime Independence day is celebrated,i will feel as if we are acknowledging an issue that we were subdued by the British and British finally felt sorry for Indians and gave us Independence…..
According to the Wikipedia,over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the World war 1.World war 2 campaigns cost the lives of over 36,000 Indian servicemen, while another 34,354 were wounded, and 67,340 became prisoners of war.Field-Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from 1942 asserted that the British “couldn’t have come through both wars [World War I and II] if they hadn’t had the Indian Army.
The British saw the ferocity with which the Indians fought during their campaigns.There was also other reason.The British had looted India beyond the point of any repair and so no longer Indian economy would help the British.It would only be a liability for British given the state of their Internal economy.British given all reasons left India,as they thought they would not be able to India any longer strategically.
The Fundamental point is When people tell that British had united India,I want to ask one simple Question.India was first united by Bharatha and then when Alexander came,we became united and Soldiers of Alexander thought that the resistance was informidable. Infact the present India doesnt have the complete Bharat.It onlyboasts of probably a huge chunk and thats it.Until and unless we conquer the whole Bharat,it is insanity to suggest we are completely unified.We are still not.
The argument also brings another issue.Who are the Indians and what is the Issue that unites us? The Only thing that unites us is the Race and the hinduism is the testimony to our race.As long as Hinduism exists,we stay united and the moment it goes towards extinction,we are in trouble.Does it meant i am sounding like a fundamentalist ?Not at all.I just want to highlight the case of History.Pakistan was created fundamentally for a religion.Hyderabad secretely wanted to join Pakistan because the ruler was a muslim.The same was the case with Junagadh.The ruler of kashmir wanted to come to india because he was a Hindu and so did many Hindu rulers.So religion can be a defining factor to unity if unrest comes…unrest can arise if the theory and principles of a nation and its real history has not penetrated the last person…
The notion of Independence gives to a thought that India as a country or as a power didnt exist before 1947.If british were outsiders ,so are the Persians ,Mughals (Mongols) , Arabs and all these people from middle east.Remember i had not made any points on the religion of these people…I am just telling about their Ethnicity.If British were foreigners ,we didnt protest their religion..what we did was for removal of the people of british origin.So India was under invasion from 1192 (2nd Battle of terrain ) ? Oh..why did I leave Afghanistan ?Is Kabul and Khandahar not part of Indian Empire…they are It was around 998 AD when Ghaznavids occupied Afghansistan and forcibly converted people there to Islam.
So if we think we got Independence from Foreign rule,we have got from all forms of foreign people effectively.i.e from Persians ,Arabs ,Mughals,French,Greeks,British and so on.But wait a Minute…what dos=es it mean to get Complete Independence we havent still recovered parts of Tibet from Chinese…and Afghanistan,Pakistan,Bangladesh are not under us.Atleast Nepal and Bhutan are friendly with us.So i am communal to say Nepal and Bhutan are not under foreign rule but telling that Afghanistan,Pakistan and Bangladesh are in foreign rule…I stress my statement because Nepal and Bhutan with glory accept their Indian (Hindu) ancestory ,but do the other mentioned countries do that? So how does Indian become Hindu? Again Communal? No ! Hindus were there from age old times and all Indians before foreigners invaded were Hindus and so they are synonymous atleast in the context when Indians were united as a country.Buddhism,Jainism,sikhism are just schools like shaivism and Vaishnavism.Aryan theory is a Laughter Medicine..Mind you !
So we still have huge chunk not under our control and just like we keep a name for chunk as Bharat while in reality Bharat is still not unified.So instead of Independence let it be a Liberation day that too to a chink of Bharat.The Conquest is still incomplete.So the best day to celebrate would be the day when the Indian President does the Ashwamedha Yaga for the Bharat that spans from Afghanisthan to Arunachal Pradesh and From Ladakh and TIbet To Kanyakumari. Sorry I dont know what is the counterpart for Ashwamedha Yaga in Persian,Arabic,Urdu,English or any of the Secular Languages !
Scintillations doesnot approve or disapprove of anything in the article…These are the views of the author..and he is solely liable for his views.The Author is doing his MS in IIT Madras and he can be contacted at Srinivasadesikan.pec.edu