75 Years of Freedom

The 75th Independence Day of India is going to be celebrated today, 15th August 2021. 75 years ago, India was one of the first countries in Asia to become independent. A lot has been talked about India’s freedom struggle against British rule. Now, let us focus on the history of independent India, which stood up from the burnt ashes of conflict and fostered a sense of peace and unity.

After World War II, two world’s superpowers, the USA and USSR, started dominating the politics of smaller countries under their influence. The former centred around the idea of democracy and capitalism, while the latter was keener to protect Communism and Communist influence across the globe. Indirect civil wars started in China, Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Afghanistan, and many more nations around the globe. However, India chose to side with neither of the two superpowers and promote ideas of peace and co-operation through Jawaharlal Nehru’s Non-Aligned Movement.

India emerged as the leader of the third world, a cluster of small, backward countries mostly across Asia and Africa. Non-Aligned Movement policy gained ground in Indonesia, Ghana, Yugoslavia, and Egypt. The NAM policy guaranteed the countries full independence and helped them develop and co-exist peacefully with other sovereign states. The NAM policy today has been ratified by 120 countries around the world after having its first summit at Belgrade, Yugoslavia on 1st September 1961.

However, the dreams of India coexisting peacefully was mired with disturbances from its neighbours. India and Pakistan bitterly fought 3 wars in 1947, 1965, and 1971, while China attacked India in 1962. Despite emerging victorious both as a military power and through diplomacy, these wars, together with problems of partition, slowed down the development of India as a superpower. The Indo-Pak wars centred more on the western border of India, with the main hostility around the fate of Jammu and Kashmir, an independent princely state joining India. The conflicts with China are mainly in the eastern and northern sectors, where unclear border demarcations between British India and China resulted in a strained relationship between India and China.

India was instrumental in helping Bangladesh gain independence in 1971 from Pakistan. India also fought the Siachen and Kargil war with Pakistan. India gave refuge to thousands of Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama when Tibet was annexed by the expanding China. Bloody insurgencies in Punjab up to the 1980s, and in Kashmir since then did not help in India’s economic growth. The biggest fight of India throughout its history, and even after independence was poverty. A mass influx of refugees from Pakistan and emigration to Pakistan continued along the Indian border. Also, the pre-partition train and bus communications were severed between the two countries owing to decorating diplomatic ties.

However, India has stood strong with time. It has an active foreign policy, good diplomatic ties with most other countries, and it has also conceived to address its internal problems. Perhaps the biggest achievement of India was the introduction of democracy by Jawaharlal Nehru, which ensured multi-parties, other than the Indian National Congress, can participate to take India forward. India has undergone many ups and downs since its independence. But as long as India remains a democratic country, a secular country for all religions, and maintains close ties with countries around the world, India will rise as the world’s next leading superpower.

Exactly 75 years ago, the father of the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru said on the midnight of 14th August 1947

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.

At 75, India is ready to take on challenges and be the developed country our nation’s founders dreamt to see. Come, let us take it forward to our future generations.

Written by – Himadri Paul

The Cost of being Poor!

We are ending an era of consciousness that has been very destructive. Now it’s deteriorating by the plethora of means and entering into an accession process which is nothing but a global shift of consciousness into a far more heart-centred, a balance to move back into our heart centred awareness and humanity previously got disconnected from the hearts and soul at such as exponential level. Thus, at such a rapid exponential speed.

They were bringing in a lot of unconsciousness in so many ways. The complexity and enormity of the situation gate crushed each one into their cocoons sent back home. Everything shut down the lane. The 3rd and partially 2nd tier of the pyramid caused massive suffering. The farmers of the country, the factory’s daily wages, rickshaw pullers, three-wheelers income, everything triggered from top to bottom Since they are uneducated and victimized in a broader spectrum.

The contagious and vicious cycle of COVID 19 has triggered the efficiency-oriented competitive world of ambitious struggle. It has halted the entire humanity. Alike an absolute mutation, a total transformation of the whole structure and the nature of the human dimension will take place in quarantine, and the output would be the essential, productive us! The crisis is vast, but we are humans (We imprint our roots largely, and nothing is complicated for us to tackle out). COVID is a phase that’ll way by soon, a transition that’ll transform the human tic mindset. At the threshold of the third millennium, it’s time for the inner revolution to arise.

All outer revolution has precipitated. It’s fundamentally shattered. For instance, beings need new psychology to understand themselves—the pauperism, in contrast, to the pandemics it way beyond money and cyclic life. Poverty is stamped/imprinted to beings mindset. If one believes and inclines to the conscious/aware self, it’ll be eventually rich or poor. Poverty is fleshed far from the vicious convolutive cycle of pauperism. We’re supposed to devise a strategy new for psychology to understand oneself, connect to the roots to the depth and respond constructively. “The Catholic ic idea is a relief for the poor”.

The semantics of buddha comply: there is no need for any poverty in the world. Poverty is man-created, and it is in our hands to destroy poverty. But all the religions have emphasized relief for the poor. But relief for the poor is not charity. It does not love”. Wealth can give you all one can purchase in life. Wealth can buy almost everything aspect those spiritual values love, compassion, enlightenment, freedom, but these few things are exceptions, and exception always proves the rule. All the religions have been against life. They were bound to be against money, which is a natural result.

Life needs money, comforts and worldly desires of satisfaction. Metaphorically and sweeping generalizations, the beauty of literature, music, poetry is imbibed by the so-called poor. The “POORS eyes the landscape of vision and display of life”. During the grey shades of corona followed by quarantine. It’s time to showcase the unventured being’s dimension. On that sketchier note, no man is no only man. No women are no only women, both women and man is both man and women. One of the most remarkable insights ever attained. Life is a spirit, not a marathon. We’re all diagonalized in the parallel universe. The tip of the iceberg is that life is a mysterious vicious path to redemption and displays a quest for inspiration for one and all. “RETURNING TO THE SOURCE “WE WANT TO REALIZE THE TRUTH BUT CAN’T LIVE WITH IT. BECAUSE KNOWING THE REALITY OF THE TRUTH IS FAR EASY THAN LIVING IN IT!!!! You are an ordinary existence.

Raise the ordinary to the extraordinary. Start living and stop becoming. Losing time, energy, patience isn’t my forte. This acquiring state would never halt. Cherish the relish of the iota of originality. We’re born ordinary, just like everything in the universe. Whatever you conceive is all that you perceive.

My vision is of a rebel, of a man in the quest to seek the essential self, authentic self and a reimagination of oneself, chucking its greedy excitement of worldly affairs. Thus, in a nutshell, days shall flip from dusk to dawn squirm with textures of existence.

You’re the most significant insights ever attained. Giving a sanitized version of the topic, I’ll quote it: To rebel is to be revolutionary.

-by Devika Soni

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Hungry kids of a rich country

India is the 6th wealthiest country in the world with about 119  billionaires,20,730 multi-millionaires and 3.3 lakh HNWIs (high-net-worth individuals). Yet one of the major problems surviving till date in India is poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The country has faced many famines and lost many citizens. The country has faced many ups and downs since its freedom. Let it be the stock market crisis, scams, income tax frauds, pandemics, over-population, decreasing GDP and whatnot, the country has tried to cope up with every problem it faces. With all these millionaires and billionaires residing in our nation, there should have been no traces of poverty. But this is the ugly side of the nation we refuse to see.

Despite all the wealth and money this country owns, there are still children who are not even privileged to have two square meal. Some kids do not have a proper roof over their head. They are unaware of proper education. They do not have enough clothes to cover their bodies. They die every other day due to lack of proper medical aids.

We demolish the slums and construct sophisticated buildings by ruining the only place of shelter of those unprivileged people who barely manage their food. The development of sky skyscrapers and towers hide the life of the poverty struck people. They are not happy to sleep on the streets or keep their children deprived of the education they deserve. But they are helpless poor people who spend their whole life just looking at the rich people wishing to live a life like them.

Economic inequality in India has led to increasing cases of malnutrition in infants. There is a lack of nutritious food even for the pregnant mother as well as the infant. Both of them are deprived of all essential nutrients which are necessary for the proper growth and increasing immunity of the child. Though there is food being supplied to such places, the food somehow is still deprived of all the nutrients which are responsible for the healthy growth of a child.

Deepali K.

Poverty

What is Poverty?

Poverty is a condition in which basic needs of an individual cannot be fulfilled. Facts say that two- thirds of the population in India live in poverty.

 Main Causes:

  •  Unemployment
  •  Lack of education
  • Migration to urban areas

 Unemployment and lack of education are interrelated with each other. Education is the most important and basic need of every person for his/hers well-being. With poverty, comes the lack of basic human needs.

 Although India is a developing country, it still fails to eliminate the serious issue of poverty. The other main cause is over- population. Deprivation is more deadly than any other disease a man encounters.

Deprivation has caused people to pay less attention to health. It leads to malnutrition, which in turn leads to high infant mortality. Children in the poverty line have no access to education. It affects the life of a poor family.

Steps the government has taken:

In order to make education reach every individual, the government has taken several steps like establishing government schools by providing free education, free uniforms, and books. Still, the parents of the poor kids don’t realize the importance of education. Instead of educating their child, they indulge them into child labor trading the kid’s future for money. The awareness of education to the people in poverty should be created. Personal hygiene plays a crucial role in order to lead a healthy and peaceful life. Poor sanitation leads to several health risks. The best example will be the issue the whole world is facing- Covid19. It stressed us the importance of personal hygiene.

How to eradicate poverty?

  • Increase in employment
  • By satisfying the basic needs of an individual
  • Sanitation facility

Besides, we could also contribute something to control it. We could donate our old clothes to poor people, provide them a good meal, help them with education etc.

Our one such act may not fulfill all their requirements but can make their day.

Written by- R.Varsha

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SUICIDE-OR-MURDER?

The COVID-19 pandemic has appeared in an unparalleled economic recession and state indifference. The most deprived section of society (class, caste, and gender) has suffered these manufactured disasters’ most severe wrath. We have seen students dying by suicide due to exclusionary pre-requisite infrastructures for online classes like in Kerala (where a Dalit girl died by suicide cause she couldn’t afford a smartphone). Several such cases have been coming to light and thus highlighting the exclusionary nature of Indian education.


Aishwarya, an aspiring student with immense potential, from a working-class family that had to mortgage their house to sponsor their education. For her academic brilliance in class 12th examinations, she earned the INSPIRE Fellowship from the Ministry of Science and Technology, making it possible for her to pursue higher education with relative ease. However, the government offered scholarship, was too delay to reach, calling the pandemic as a reason. The student who was due to receive her first instalment of the scholarship in March was frustrated with her life’s stoppage, leading to end her own life.

PANDEMIC AND POVERTY


In light of her suicide note, the varsity has yet again sustained an indifferent stance, shown an unnerving indifference. And has refused any role in the factors that enforced their student to take her own life. The varsity claims that suicide resulted from particular issues concerning the student and nothing to do with it.


With not getting any support from the university, online education’s economic burden is too heavy a burden to bear for most students. Despite reoccurred requests, the university did not show any support to such students. It paid no heed to the students’ requests concerning the long lectures that has taken a toll on the mental health. It also causes financial difficulty to the students’ family. As a consequence, their family finds it challenging to afford costly internet services required for online classes.


Submitted By: Nikita Bisht