3rd October 2010
We haven’t had our first freedom movement yet
I've noticed some organisations and institutions in India talk about India's second freedom movement (e.g. Lok Satta, Centre for Civil Society). While this phraseology is commendable (to draw attention to the concept of freedom), it is a misnomer.
India NEVER had its FIRST FREEDOM MOVEMENT. So how can it have a second movement?
What we achieved in 1947 was bare-bones independence from British rule (Note that our kings had asked for British rule in the first place. A number of Indian kings and nobles actively involved the British traders in the political affairs of their petty kingdoms, and finally made the British so strong that they became rulers of India by default).
Independence is not freedom
Independence is NOT freedom. It is barely a pause in the journey of a nation, a moment to take breath.
True, bare-bones freedom was assured to India through its 1950 Constitution but that freedom was soon taken away by Nehru and, in particular, by Indira Gandhi.
Only in 1991, when the country almost went bankrupt because of India's socialists, that a semblance of freedom was FORCED UPON India by the IMF. That is all we have so far: something that IMF forced on us. Very few know why we have it. Most don't seem to want it. Most of us want slavery to someone or someone else's ideas. Most of us want to worship someone. We have no self-respect (notice people trying to touch Baba Ramdev's feet).
While people like Vivekananda, Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore spoke about freedom, only Rajaji and Masani articulated what it really means, but they were very old and the country wasn't ready for them. Swatantra party floundered after Rajaji died.
For two decades, Sharad Joshi has spoken about freedom in the political sphere, but who knows him? Almost no one. Who has joined him? Almost no one. He has now retired from the Rajya Sabha, with none of his suggestions implemented. India remains socialist.
Lok Satta talks of the second freedom movement but at the same time it advocates at least a few policies that destroy freedom. Its way is not the way to freedom. Yes, it is an improvement to what we have, but the key message – of freedom – is missing.
The FIRST Freedom Movement in India has yet to begin
The time has come to demand freedom, to organise the first freedom movement in India. The Freedom Team of India has assembled to provide leadership for this movement. Should you believe you have the capability to lead India to freedom, please join FTI. This is an urgent task. India's future depends on whether its people want freedom or slavery. I invite you to stand up and lead.