Ive come a long way. Ive seen the earth evolve and transform over the years. More importantly ive seen people change. Not just their clothes, but people in general. We used to be a simple bunch back then. We didn’t have much but we were taught to cherish what we had. There was no point in complaining because we didn’t know who to complain to. We accepted everything life threw in our way and we took it silently. “Such is life” our mother used to tell us. We were instructed to keep our heads down and not get into trouble. After all these years I find myself wondering why did we take all that nonsense back then?
India was still breathing the fresh air of freedom I remember. We didn’t really get what freedom meant. I used to get nightmares that the English would return and they had been hiding in the bushes all along. I was ofcourse a kid back then but everyone shared my fears. It took us a while to understand that we were free and we began to understand what freedom really meant. After all these years I ask myself, why did we wait for so long?
Its difficult these days for the government to keep the citizens happy. After all these years of sitting around watching corruption tear our country apart, the general population has taken matters into their own hands. And rightly so, because our core has been corrupted too. I don’t even know where to begin. So this morning when I woke up to the news that said “Homosexuality is a punishable offence now” I was suddenly reminded of the time when the British raj banned the general population from making salt. Only then we were under rule. Who are we under now? We don’t choose who we love, we don’t know what’s right or wrong. We can’t make choices for others and we can’t force people to be a certain way. People didn’t fight the British decades ago only to be under a new kind of suppression. One that contradicts the very idea of freedom we once fought for. All we ever wanted back then was to be free. Maybe that’s what they feel too. They want their freedom. Freedom from prejudice, from being judged, from being punished for who they choose to be with.
I’ve come a long way. And even though our battles have changed, they are still pretty much for the same reason. However things have changed. I see people take a stand for what they want. They’re willing to face the brunt of the police and their lathis and water cannons. They are willing to go to an extent to challenge the godmother of judiciary in India. And rightly so, someone has to put an end to this. I wonder what else will spawn as evil in the eyes of the supreme court tomorrow. I shudder to think….