On 26th January suddenly there is a rise in patriotic wibes, radio starts playing old patriotic songs and TV is filled with glorifying bytes. And an age old way to celebrate it is by having a republic day parade.
Every year around December the defense ministry start erecting ugly fences around the most active public spaces in Delhi, the India Gate. Bit by bit parts of raj path’s gardens are taken out of the public realm. In schools we were taught that India got its real independence on 26th January, and probably this senseless act of converting Lutyen’s Delhi to a cantonment is a social measure to make us realize the importance of an independent country. The day which signifies rise of a nation 63 years back is celebrated in the most undemocratic way by bringing the heart of the nation to a stand still.
Preamble to the constitution clearly suggests India as a socialist nation, but the republic day parade seems to forget that. The higher you pay for the ticket, the closer you get to the VIP area, where all the performance happen, and the free gallery is tucked in the corner where no one would take a paid seat anyway.
Father of the nation, who kept his non violence at the fore front of the independence we cherish, must be amused by the fact how we celebrate it by showcasing our army and weapons and how destructive we have become as every year pass by.
There are many who argue about the need or the excessive money spent on the parade and want to get rid of it… well am not one of them; but for sure every penny spent from the tax payer’s account should be worth it! Where in the celebration is any reflection on the constitution? Why is such an important day organized by defense ministry which basically means by the armed forces? Why should we display our destructive powers on the day where we got liberated?