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Way back in 1843 Karl Marx in an introduction to a book that criticised GWF Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of the Right wrote: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.

 

The scenes were very much like those in his much hyped films. The spectacle put on by Dera Sacha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his followers brought large parts of Punjab and Haryana to a standstill.

 

Seventy years ago on August 15, 1947, I mingled with jubilant crowds in the streets of Delhi. The Union Jack was lowered, the Indian tricolour fluttered in the air. I was a 16-year-old girl in a unique moment in our history.

 

I would be the last person to highlight the compulsive Hindu- or India-bashing as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our nation.

 

The stage for apportioning blame is over. It’s time now to assess what future holds in store for the dramatis personae in Bihar? On the face of it, the BJP is the undisputed winner — the way it was in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

On August 15, 2013, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech from Bhuj which had parodied and questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s address from the Red Fort that had ended a short while earlier.

 

From the ramparts of Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi displayed yet again his flair for the catchphrase that conveys, exhorts, connects.

 

Seven decades after Independence, transcending the tragedy of Partition remains the single biggest national challenge for India.

 

India awoke to freedom with the stirring ‘Tryst with destiny’ speech by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the midnight of August 14, 1947.

 

Independence needs no introduction, explanatory notes or constitutional description, for we have all experienced its fullness.

 


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