The greatest fraud perpetrated on us is that we are free. Freedom silences us. Because we think we are free and we can vote, all sins that They do are washed away. In our eyes, because They are us, they can see no evil, speak no evil and do no evil. They rule us with our consent – secured through free and fair elections. We live in the land of free. The British left on August 15, 1947. We hoisted our flag. The Father of the Nation told us we were free. So we must be free. The fraud continues.
They took over from the British. They liked what They saw. They loved the power that was now Theirs. No one would question Them. They made the police, courts and media their own. They even moved into the same houses the British lived in. They just changed a few titles so we could call ourselves free. The Queen became President, the Governor-General became Prime Minister. The ICS became the IAS. The Government of India Act of 1935 became the Constitution of India. The Dominion became the Republic.
The rulers changed, but the rules never did. They still want to decide what we are free to speak. They still decide what we are free to eat. They also want to decide whom we can love and marry. They divide and rule by deciding which religion and which caste gets what benefit. They control what our free press is allowed to tell us. They control the news we hear on the radio. They appoint their own to run our independent institutions.
They have done so since August 15, 1947. Nothing has really changed. But we refuse to see the obvious. Not because They have put blinkers on our eyes. But because They have brainwashed us into believing we are free. So They have a legitimate vote-given right to do anything they want. They use their own precedents from the past to justify every action. Some of Them (who are now Others) did it in the 1960s and 1970s, so They are fully justified in doing it in the 2010s and 2020s. Because if we did not object then, how can we object now? We were free then and we are free now.
No Indian could win in a court of law against the British. Can any Indian win in a court against Them? Can They be jailed for a scam they perpetrated? Can They be held accountable for killings on their watch? Without a rule of law that treats every Indian the same, how can we claim freedom? Without a rule of law that provides justice in a time-bound manner, how are we free? Without a criminal justice system that is independent of Them, where is freedom?
Only if we open our eyes to the fraud in the name of freedom can we change our present and future. A century ago, we had freedom fighters who gave up their lives in trying to free us. In post-1947 India, the mirage of freedom has taken away any fight that we had. We fight for admitting our children into schools, we fight for hospital beds, we fight for seats in IITs, we fight for getting into trains, we fight for non-existent jobs. We fight ourselves. We do not fight for freedom. We do not fight to be free. Because They tell us we are free.
Are we ready to fight Them if we realise we are not free?