Opinion | The upside-down Indian state
Year after year, our Independence Day only seems to mark freedom from colonial oppressors
Last week we celebrated Independence Day with great fervour, but it is quite evident that Indians are not really free. 15 August 1947, marks the day that divided British India and created two new and fully sovereign dominions of India and Pakistan. While that is an important occasion, our freedom fighters did not spend much time celebrating—they were too busy with the events of Partition and writing a Constitution. On 15 August 1947, our leaders had their eye on a much more important task—to understand how we become a self-governing democratic republic.