Bapu-Bittoo: Confusion over Independence Day


Bittoo: Bapu.

Bapu: Yes Bittoo.

Bittoo: Preparations to celebrate 72nd Independence Day on August 15 are underway in government offices and educational institutions. But why do we celebrate the Independence Day Bapu.

Bapu: We celebrate to remember that our country got Independence from foreign rule and also to pay our tributes to freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle.

Bittoo: That also means we got Independence from exploitation, harassment, discrimination, corruption, looting of resources, divide and rule policy and several other evils in various forms Bapu.

Bapu: Hummmmm.

Bittoo: But, is today’s India free from these evils Bapu?

Bapu: I don’t know Bittoo.

This is a citizen-centric new column, wherein the author(Bitto) is an ordinary, politically unaffiliated common man of the city who in his/her inimitable approach takes up various issues with the Bapu’s soul! Apparently, the interaction between them portrays ironies of sorts encountered by the common man and others in the city in a lighter vein. The author’s name will not be disclosed to the readers as he/she represents the common man of the society. This column aims at creating awareness and sensitising cross sections of our city on various issues of public concern only but in a lighter vein without holding any contempt against any institution or individual.

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