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Come August and its raining functions in the country on Freedom Struggle. And why not, the struggle had embedded the Hindus & Muslims, Privileged & Poor, Badshahs & Beggars and Dignitaries & Commoners alike, so beautifully that the world is still wondering how these Indians belonging to various religions, castes, societies and regions sacrificed almost everything they had, fought for the freedom of their country and won over the “The Great Britain”.


Clearly, one can just imagine the harmony and accord with which people were living during those days. However, unfortunately for us, “The Independent India” is not the same again.


True, it was the British, who had sown the seeds of the hatred among different communities in India, which was never part of the Indian culture before the British Rule.


True, it was the British who in the form of Partition inflicted on us a wound that bleeds even after sixty two years.


However, how can we forgive ourselves for not only persisting with the same hate-game but deepening the communal divide even further. And as if this is not enough, we are now up for dividing the freedom fighters as well on the same line.


Tragically, in most of the functions that are held in August today, a tug of war is observed, many a time, to press for who’s contributions were more during the freedom struggle. Earlier the war was between Hindus and Muslims, but now it has been exceeded to the Gujaratis, Maharashtrians and other regional levels. It seems that the functions are held not for acknowledging the efforts and sacrifices of the freedom fighters, but sadly, are held for one-upmanship.


Moreover, earlier in the text books due respects were given to the Freedom Fighters irrespective of their castes and religions. And if they had leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel and Subhash Chandra Bose on one side, they also had Abul Kalam Azad, Dadabhoy Nawroji, Mohd Ali Johar, Tahir Mehmood and Hakeem Ajmal Khan on the other.


Same was the case with the Government offices. Previously, these offices used to have portraits of the freedom fighters belonging to various religions. However, today the situation ceases to be the same.


Remember? Maulana Azad’s portrait was always there along side Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, but alas, even his portraits are slowly vanishing from the Government offices.


What’s more, we have even alienated the likes of Chandra Shekhar Azad and Ashfakullah Khan, who were hand in hand even while on the gallows, in this war for one-upmanship.


It is still music to our ears when we listen to Serhad Per Marne Wala, Har Veer Tha Bharat Wasi…, one from the popular collection of patriotic songs. We have already dragged ourselves in a habit of looking each and everything along the lines of religion. Can we, at least, forbid dividing our freedom fighters on the same line?


Can we, at least now realize the gravity of the issue and take a lead in impeding such emerging trend once and forever?











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