This Independence Day’s need of the hour

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With the 70th Independence Day coming up social media can be seen going crazy with posts and blogs about something or the other around the theme. While a few will take you through the culinary freedom we have enjoyed for the last 70 years, some will showcase the distance the Indian cinema has covered since we gained our Independence. But amidst all this hay lay there are a few articles which knock on the conscience of the reader by asking them questions like: What does Independence mean to you? How do you enjoy your Independence? Are we Independent?

The last question is the reason why I chose to write this blog. Are we all Independent? the thought that Independence is a very relevant term clouds my judgement. Technically, Independence means the freedom to do what you what, when you want, how you want and where you want, isn’t it? But does the kid who is struggling to come terms with the fact that he’s born with HIV in a very socially and financially backward family enjoy the same freedom? Or a physically impaired child, does he/she enjoy the same freedom?  Or a perfectly abled kid who just made the mistake of being born in a family that dwells in slums, is he liberated?

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So, will it be wrong if we consider ourselves to be Independent while the rest of the world is still struggling? How does a person who has been working tirelessly for hours, just to make a few rupees, which are not sufficient enough to have a decent meal, understand Independence? But then again, he has the option of not doing it and just dying due to hunger.

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I’m sorry if all this is proving to be a bit dark for you, but this is what the world we live in looks like from the other side. Now let’s not start the debate as to why isn’t the government helping them for the government is waiting for us show them the way. After all, it’s for the people by the people remember. So, this Independence Day let’s help these people understand what independence really  is. The freedom to make a decision and not worrying about the next meal. Or the freedom to do what they like really want and excel in it. Or simply the freedom to sit and see the world for what it is.

And trust me when I tell you it’s not tough at all. All you need is the will and few clicks which will help these kids witness the life like we do. This Independence Day we have selected a few people who could really use your help. Like the Deaf and Blind kids of Patiala School who have proved that nothing can come between a person and their dreams, as one of their fellow pupils bagged a Bronze medal at the Deaf and Blind Olympics this year.

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You can also help the Kids who are suffering from HIV go to school. Imagine the plight of a kid who hardly understands what medicine means, coming to terms with the fact that he’s HIV +. Or simply help these Slum dwelling kids have a life. Even if these kids don’t move you, log on to risefundraiser.com and choose from the other sections fighting to make it work. For all it takes to mould the society is will, and sheer will can move mountains.

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Let’s not let this be an Independence Day where you are siting with your friends and family and talking about how we have managed to do so little in the last 70 years, but let’s make it one where we sow the seeds which will give us a much better 71st year.