Is India really Independent?

"Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge... At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom." – Jawaharlal Nehru

On 15th August 2015, India celebrates 69th year of Independence. But is India really independent? And if yes, how?

Our correspondents across the country asked one simple question - what does independence mean to you? As vibrant the answers are, they also reveal the true nature of independence and offer a peek at future of our beloved country. India may not be the cleanest, not the safest, not the brightest nor is it the strongest nation in the world, yet it shows potential that far exceeds the best.

'Our democracy is creative because it is plural, but diversity must be nourished with tolerance and patience. Vested interests chip away at social harmony, in an attempt to erode many centuries of secularism. In an age of instant communication through ever-improving technology, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the devious designs of a few never overcome the essential oneness of our people. For both government and people the rule of law is sacrosanct, but society is also protected by something greater than law: humanity. Mahatma Gandhi said and I quote: "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty'.
- President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation on 14th August 2015.

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