Republic Day Special Series

SHARAD JOSHI'S BOOK: Ch. XI, Part 3

 

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH INDEPENDENCE?

Chapter XI: Flag of Liberation was looted before it unfurled (Part 3)

Anglisism:
The one single decision concerning the national language opened up vast avenues for the urban upper caste communities where they could operate unchecked. The army, the police, the administration continued the format set by the British.

Jana Gana Mana, which was written originally to salute the British Emperor became the national anthem. ‘Vande Mataram’ that was associated with the most brilliant and historic chapters in the freedom movement was not acceptable to the new rulers.

On the Independence Day, on the Republic Day the flag--hoisting and ‘beating the retreat’ were fashioned more strictly according to the “Raj” pattern than in the U.K. itself. Slogans were raised of eradication of poverty and priority to health and education. In practice, educational institutes were developed to suit the convenience of the progeny of the black Britishs. The educational institutions are divided into three types.

A few hand-picked Universities and IITs maintain international standards for the children of the urban elite. The alumnies of these institutions generally migrate to richer countries or occupy elevated positions of power.

The “run-of-the-mill” schools and colleges available to the middle classes provide education of deplorable standards. Such institutions are generally handed over to the cronies of the rulers to make enormous money by. The educational attainments and proficiency of the product was irrelevant, since those who hold a printed degree paper got jobs in the socialist bureaucracy where efficiency and culture were of little importance.

The third and the last level of educational institutions consists of schools run by the Panchayat Raj institutions – the celebrated primary schools that lack even the black-boards. The rural masses continue to remain far removed from even the primary literacy.

More that 50% of the people are illiterate; most hamlets are unconnected by road; drinking water is luxury. Teachers and Doctors are seen only in “mandi” towns. The services of a mid-wife are not available even in extreme emergency. The village cobbler cures leather by the same century-old process; baskets are woven exactly in the same manner since generations. The iron-smith fixes the metal rings on the wooden wheels of bullock-carts and sharpen axes and sickles by his age-old methods. At the other end, more fortunate Indians receive education in the top-most institutions and migrate to richer countries to serve the affluent people there by using skills paid for by the poor in India. If an Indian tourist becomes unwell in U.S.A. or U.K. it is more than likely that he will be treated by a doctor educated in India. High level responsibility in industries, research institutions are entrusted to Non-Resident Indians. This is the fruit of fifty years of independence.

History repeats itself often; it so happens that the same character perform the same plays on the world stage with minor differences of costumes and make-up. Since thousands of years, India is witnessing the caste conflict in its various forms one after another. The caste character of the Indian society remained unaffected by the revolution lead by Gautama the Buddha. The feudal invasions barely touched its outer crust. After the advent of the British political independence received top priority setting aside all agenda for the uplift of the depressed and the down-trodden. After independence, slogans of socialism were raised to hypnotize masses into submission to the systems that tyrannised them. With the fall of socialism when some prospects of an era of dignified living for the toiling community appeared the upper caste elite have started talking of “Swadeshi” to defeat openness. The independence of India proved futile and the teeming masses continued to be fooled by ever new stratagems and tactics. The most unfortunate part of the story is that even the persons affected by the course of event fail to understand the diabolic plot in spite of witnessing it repeatedly act by act, centuries after centuries.

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