Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 4505--4506

15th August - Few thoughts for future


Raman Kumar 
 President Academy of Family Physicians of India, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Raman Kumar
049, Crema Tower, Mahagun Mascot, Crossing Republik, Ghaziabad - 201016, Uttar Pradesh
India

Abstract

India was not born on 15th August. India was always there and will remain so as the 'most ancient living civilization in continuity' free in spirit, despite centuries of colonization. Let us celebrate every day as 'India Day' and contribute towards a better future for all citizens. We are not just a nation or country but a civilization - a cultural biodiversity repository from prehistory to modern times!



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India was not born on 15th August. India was always there and will remain so as the “most ancient living civilization in continuity” free in spirit, despite centuries of colonization. Let us celebrate every day as 'India Day' and contribute to work towards a better future for all citizens. We are not just a nation or a country, but a civilization—a cultural diversity repository from prehistory to modern times!

On 15th August every year, we must read the original copy of the “India Independence Act 1947” of the British Parliament. It was an amendment of the Government of India Act 1935[1] (A British Act). 15th August only marks the end of British colonization of India and transfer of administration to the natives; but the glory of Indian civilization it yet to be regained. How can we even imagine a healthy society without freedom of the civilization? Both British Monarchy and Parliament are too small institutions as compared to the Indian civilization.

We should be aware that we are one of the last surviving living civilizations that guarantee spiritual freedom to all individuals; perhaps the only remarkably free space in the world. Apart from freedom to follow one's own religious rituals, this freedom includes freedom from religious bigotry, freedom to start a religion, and freedom to reject God.

Any effort of monopolistic takeover falls flat. Abrasions are auto-corrected, as our system is free and open software type owned by none with no central authority. What many consider, an Indian identity is nothing but a civilizational trait of the existence of amalgamation of thousands of spiritual ideas from ancient, recent, present times, and also the future. Spiritual freedom to the individuals is a core continuing concept. Indian civilization is a “library” concept and antithesis of religion. Any encroachment on individuals' spiritual freedom in the name of political religion with the intent of taking over of power control is rejected.

What appears in international media about India are the selective narratives and only an external viewpoint of the civilizational transition of the first century of the post-colonial period. Perhaps a process of political decolonization. We are people with a 1.3 billion population and limited resources; if the people were not tolerant and not peace-loving through our civilizational heritage, the situation would have been much worse. What may appear as co existence of diverse view points, often highlighted intentionally (guilt/shame masking of colonial exploitation) negative by the international media, is just an articulation about a visible high pitched multiparty political discourse in a vibrant democracy.

India should now not allow herself to get bullied by the colonizers and exploiters from the history. Media everywhere in the world, as we know, is a tool of constructing narratives for their subscribers on behalf of their political masters, for them to be able to gain more power. But our people and civilization are resilient! Let us continue to be free spirits as always! A healthy society can only be built in an environment of complete freedom and equality within the ethos of the native civilization. No foreign help, standards or goals are required for this purpose. Colonial processes should be thrown away in the Indian ocean. We should move forward towards reclaiming the home grown knowledge economy and the re construction of the Indian civilization.

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Conflicts of interest

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Disclaimer

The presented ideas are personal viewpoint of the author and do not represent position of any organization.

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References

1India Independence Act, 1947. Available from: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1947/30/pdfs/ukpga_19470030_en.pdf.