Independance Day : freedom?

India got her independence on 15 August 1947. This everybody knows. Often we ask ourselves, have we got the real freedom, have we understood its real meaning and importance? Below are some poems which can inspire us.

160.                        Struggle for freedom 

They struggled to gain freedom for ourselves, for themselves,

it was just a passion, a commitment, a purpose, a mission in their lives.

Since, they might have laid their lives during the process,

during the struggle, they might have not enjoyed the freedom at all,

beyond knowing that they were fighting for a real cause,

to free their brethren from the clutches of slavery.

They would not have got married,

or they might not have overseen the progress of their children,

they sacrificed everything, their possessions, their times, their pleasures,

and sleeps, even their kith and kin.

They went on fasting in or out of jails to free all their countrymen,  

that the freedom fighters would have never even seen,

or talked to or lived with these people,

yet they fought for freedom just because,

they were all their countrymen.

161.                        Freedom undigested 

That freedom is still by and large undigested,

uncared for, its importance being not fully understood.

We see everywhere unnecessary strikes, riots, closures,

burning of public properties, offices, buses,

even private houses of innocent people.

The freedom gained is not the freedom to destroy,

not to even damage anything of anybody,

on a slightest provocation or an event,

not to disrupt the work, not to jeopardize peace of the people,

not to rupture the structure of the society of communities.

The undigested, disrespected freedom is the freedom that will be lost!

(From: Timeless Quest: Free Verses and Thoughts- In Search 

of Meaning of Life, By JIRARA, Pothi.com, Feb. 2012.)

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