While we celebrate 68 years of Independence, it is vital to truly understand what freedom means. A century ago, it meant doing away with British rule, an empire that made us unequals in our own country; where we were discriminated against on the basis of our skin colour and the place we were born. We had no rights against our masters and no recourse to get them. Plainly put, we weren’t free; free to be ourselves and live our lives the way we wanted. Today, our Constitution, the most sacred book of modern India, guarantees us a host of freedoms. Freedom to move about, speak, live anywhere, enter any place, work in whatever profession we want, think what we want — all in all, the freedom to be who we want to be. No more are we unequals in our own motherland. Today, we hold our heads up high and walk with pride, rejoicing in our still-new liberty."
Read article by Ira Singhal from The Indian Express.