Aazadi... Aazadi!

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The flutter created by Kanhaiya's speech all over the media and social media space shouldn't be surprising. In this age and time getting frenzy over things is the easiest thing to do. No doubt the speech was sharp, eloquent blending extempore with sincerity peppered with a tint of humor and sarcasm.

At time when opposition is largely 'dumb' it seemed for a moment (it'll be too early to declare), the nemesis of our outspoken PM has arrived. But the pertinent question remains what's next? What is the shelf life of all this?

The questions raised by Kanhaiya are not new, perhaps, they are as old as human civilization. The world as it stands today has seen countless revolutions and uprisings where many empires, ideologies, philosophies raised, doomed or flourished and a concept of an egalitarian society churned out into these four-five terms - socialism, equality, justice, secularism etc. Ever great thinkers conceptualized the formation of an ideal society along these idealism.

Our own freedom fighters envisioned the destiny of our country along the same line. Perhaps, they were far more committed to achieve this because ours is the only constitution that derives its attributes from the bests of constitution of other countries.

But the question is, have we achieved that? Certainly not. Are we on the path to achieve it? May or may not be. Should we be despondent? Certainly not.

So, how will we achieve that? Whether we accept or not, it is a harsh truth that capitalism has gone overboard. We've become much centralized around ourselves. It is another thing when in crowd we get highly 'decentralized' (pardon! Let's leave this discussion for another day). Who'll achieve this dream? The youths of this country with their collective efforts will achieve it.

We have the responsibility to demand 'aazadi' for our fellow nationals from the clutches of poverty, inequality, injustices and unequal opportunities. We need to be their voices. It's not necessary at all to follow a particular ideology or to jump on a bandwagon as people often do that we've seen post 2014 how 'bhakts', 'aaptards' classes became a new division in our society. But, we must have rationale and courage to declare right as right and wrong as wrong.

Whenever gloom will overcast our horizon, the soil will throw its sons of soil in form of 'Kanhaiyas'. But let not declare him our sole knight. Let not be frenzied upon by the rise. We all are 'Kanhaiyas' and if not, we need to be one. As The dark Knight quotes, 'A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended.' It is our collective responsibility and an everlasting necessity to be a 'Kanhaiya' or 'The dark knight' whatever you say when time demands one.

As Charles Dickens tells in 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'I see a beautiful city and brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is far, far better thing that I do, than I've ever done ; it is far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known'.


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