India has been an independent nation since the last 67 years. At the stroke of midnight when the calendar flipped to 15th August, 1947 the ‘Indian Independence Act of 1947’ came into effect and India was a free state ready to govern itself. The British rule had ended finally after a century and a half of relentless freedom struggle. The moment our tricolor was hoisted on the pinnacle of Red Fort, many revolutionaries believed that the dreams of their posthumous associates had finally been realized. But, little did they know that India had only gained independent status, but it was far away from being an ‘independent state.’
Great revolutionaries and visionaries had seen the struggle incline towards a set of Indian people who had the British mentality. The freedom struggle was fought on many grounds. Many entities having various ideologies participated for the attainment of independence, focused and uncompromising on the ultimate goal. While revolutionaries like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Khudiram Bose and many more picked up weapons to overthrow imperialism, ideologists like Lokmanya Tilak, Lala lajpat Rai and a few more raised ideological campaigns against the dictators.
The harsh reality is that the people who sacrificed their lives, endured indescribable torture and shed rivers of blood never got a chance to become the architects of independent India. Since the 1920’s, all revolutionaries feared that the independence would be handed in the wrong hands, and their fears became reality soon…
The two way battle-
On one side were freedom fighters facing bullets, trials and capital punishments and on the other side were power hungry creatures who wanted absolute powers and independence was secondary to them. The appetite for power was synonymous to a majority of Congress members, Jawaharlal Nehru being the prime example. The Congress party itself never advocated ‘Swaraj’, till 1929 they demanded a dominion status for India. It was the patriotic resolve of the revolutionaries that publicized ‘total independence’.
All our revolutionary heroes feared that these power hungry creatures will form a communal, discriminative and unjust administration. The duration of 67 years from the first unfurling of the tricolor is evidence that the fear was completely logical and unfortunately turned out to be true. The British parliament played a major role in ensuring that the powers on governing India are entrusted only in the hand of the people who just wanted the powers and nothing else.
Congress never had a problem in holding talks with the British and the British never had a problem with Congress even though they were demanding a free state. The reason was simple; Congress was capturing the imaginations of the youth and directed their energy towards peaceful methods in attaining independence. After the 2nd World War, the British were in no condition to even repel a revolt like 1857. They couldn’t endure violence anymore so easing so the independence process by using Congress as a smokescreen worked for them.
Indian Independence Act-
The Indian Independence Act of 1947 was cunningly drafted by the British Parliament. The clauses of the Act clearly states that the British administration is ‘Transferring its Power’ to the Indian government. India is referred as a dominion in this act. A dominion is a state administered by its own people but is ruled by a separate mother state.
It also had a clause of ‘Lapse of Paramountcy’ which gave all the 565 princely states, ruling prior to independence, authority to make a sovereign state of their own if they desire to. Hadn’t it been Sardar Vallabhbhai Palel’s pragmatism and will to unify India, today our country would have been in tatters.
Key events that depict the hidden malice-
– East India Company entered India to trade spices and rare gems. It went on to draw British forces and eventually led to colonizing India. Even after knowing the hazard of entertaining foreign business investment, Jawaharlal Nehru- the first Prime Minister of India, in 1948 invited 126 European and American companies to set up businesses in India. We today face the wrath of FDI today.
– The Government of India Act of 1935 became our constitution. It was a law drafted again in the British parliament that aimed to enslave Indian youth, suppress protests and legally kill people. It won’t be wrong to say that our ‘Independence’ is just ‘another form of slavery’. We still follow this disgraceful constitution that sports Queen Elizabeth’s name over our President’s.
Today we live under financial slavery. Today we are tensed of communal disputes and the perpetrators who ignite these conflicts for their vested interests are the elite men we look up to. Even today, India is under unofficial Imperialism, where a group of elites dictate our lives. Our Independence is still pending, the powers have been transferred but true independence will only be achieved when these powers are vested equally to one and all.