India – Independence Day Greetings!

August 14, 2021

India – Independence Day Greetings!

Padmini Arhant

भारत के स्वतंत्रता दिवस की बधाई और शुभकामनाएं!இந்தியாவின் சுதந்திர தின நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Greetings and felicitations to citizens of India and Indian diaspora across the globe on the special occasion of India’s Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day India!


India – Independence Day 2021

Padmini Arhant

Freedom is inalienable birth right. The world was created with natural freedom to exist in the vast beautiful environment. The concept – all things are created equal and meant to live with freedom, peace and happiness is unfortunately not experienced amongst all.  In fact, the overwhelming majority in the world are subject to some form of oppression, persecution, prejudice and exploitation. Human evolution since creation might have exponentially risen in every dynamics except for behavior in terms of fairness and equality substituted with prevalent and persistent discrimination and hierarchy.

One might argue that tremendous progress is made in that respect as well despite glaring distinctions in social economic status. The minority dominance i.e. the super wealthy control of all affairs beginning with government, economy, religion and social edifice is the problem. The politics involving bidding on candidacy in political campaign with illegal money flowing in from all directions invalidate the democratic system of one vote per one person. The solicitations incentivized with bribes in cash and positions luring members of opposition to the ruling political party claimed as majority undermine democracy.

The economic sector declared capitalism shun market economy fundamentals such as healthy competition neutralizing anti-trust activities. The prominent players in the economy are now established as monopolists enabling them lion share of consumerism and market value. The few members in the economy exert disproportionate control over most sectors inhibiting market economy salient features like small medium enterprise (SME) providing opportunity to a variety of skills, ideas and innovations, the bedrock of pervasive economic progress. Furthermore, the monopoly of two or more in the economy deprive consumers the basic benefits of market economy i.e. choices based on individual preferences and affordability that are now entirely at the single gigantic ownership’s discretion. These developments exclusively benefiting monopolists are nowhere representative of the market economy viz. capitalism in the new age. The economic sector driven towards monopolistic capitalization and profiteering among core entities are inner concentric reflected in the lack of wealth distribution already affecting consumer power. The vicious cycle of wealth concentration leading to contraction in retail industry and local manufacturing, the survival means and income source for the overwhelming population in India merit government focus with legislations protecting these sectors from overarching absorption by major stakeholders in the economy.

The agriculture economy is rapidly transitioning under corporate structure and ambit allowing the latter to shift from agrarian purpose and efficacy towards profit oriented mechanisms hurting the soil, water, irrigation and seed germination that are genetically modified inducing inorganic toxic ingredients for bumper crop effects that are proven counterproductive. The land seizures with the government assistance by monopolists in the economy are enormous deploying under handed tactics and strategy to deprive farmers, native land owners like Adivasis in MadhyaPradesh, Chattishgarh, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of India. The trend maintained by every ruling party in India have only proliferated under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in the last six to seven years exacerbating farmers plight in India.

The human rights activists and legal representatives like Professor Sudha Bharadwaj are held in prison without due process and basic legal rights in the land confiscations disputes involving governments favoring monopolists in the economy against  farmers and Adivasiss in Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s extended and elaborate speech on India’s Independence Day 2021 comprehensively showcased BJP government in particular PM Narendra Modi’s achievements in the last six to seven years although the ground reality speaks volume on wide range of issues that are phenomenal failures causing legitimate concerns, anxiety and frustrations among the victims i.e. the 1.3 billion people in India enduring the government’s flawed policies, inactions and erroneous decisions affecting lives with generational impact.

The farmers peaceful rally has been violently dealt with under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership denying the ploughing hands and toiling crop producers the long overdue relief from financial debts incurred due to government mismanagement of harvest marketing and distribution largely protecting corporate interests against farmers survival let alone the long term productivity.

PM Narendra Modi asserted that farmers accounts were credited with large sums of money to spare them from economic and financial woes that contrast with farmers protests in the past two years seeking government intervention in the farmers’ deteriorating conditions to continue farming. The government’s violent treatment of farmers in the non-violent gathering in New Delhi in world view was reprehensible.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah’s legislative move targeting Muslims and diverse Indian communities in the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering was carried out with authority. When the anguished residents and citizens presented their views in this regard again in peaceful assembly, the women and university students predominantly in muslim educational institutions were brutally beaten, incarcerated and isolated in government’s response.

Then there were the BJP radical elements ignited communal violence in North East Delhi in February 2020 coinciding with then United States President Donald Trump’s visit to India. The humble dwellings of Muslims and so-called Dalits were aimed not even sparing school buildings and hospitals that were gutted in the grand arson in February 2020. The BJP leaderships’ worst crime in this instance was granting impunity to arsonists and instigators within BJP and punishing the Delhi High court judge for observing the rule of law with midnight transfer order from Delhi to Haryana. 

The crimes against minorities, college students, writers, authors, human rights activists, environmentalists in the past seven years reek hard line crackdown and government intolerance to peaceful political dissent.

The honorable ex-serviceman Tej Bahadur Yadav – the national pride having protected the nation and citizens of India in the treacherous Siachin border against China and Pakistan for over twenty years was ridiculed and denigrated for being the whistleblower on the status of foot soldiers camps especially the corruption in the meal menu and catering affecting the army personnel health and ability to serve effectively in the harsh weather at the higher altitude. The government reaction to such genuine reports was to dismiss the truth sayer and cover up the crimes within the relevant regiment administration. The family of the former defense personnel Tej Bahadur Yadav was tried and tormented by the government owned crony media and IT contingency leading to the serviceman’s only child and young adult – the twenty one year old son’s suicide.

When the ex-national guard Tej Bahadur Yadav emerged as a candidate against the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in 2019 national election, the army personnel Tej Bahadur Yadav’s candidacy was rejected under false premise. The abhorrent crime in this respect not only violated the Indian citizen and ex-defense personnel rights, it was also a direct assault on democracy and democratic election.

These events under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance and Home minister Amit Shah’s purview as interior minister leave impression and imprint in either political members’ legacy similar to the infamous Godhra violence in 2002 and their governance in the state of Gujarat that was anything but democratic and peaceful and least of all worthy of emulation.

The topic will resume shedding light on the hidden and forbidden facts behind India’s ordinary lives’ extraordinary struggles and sacrifice.

Padmini Arhant 

Author & Presenter


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