I come from what is called the largest democracy.
Yet unlike the almost unrestricted freedom of speech in the United States, arrests (if not convictions) for liking Facebook posts criticizing political leaders are not unheard of. Sedition charges were once booked on students who cheered for a Pakistani cricket team.
Here in the US, even burning the American flag is protected speech (and strongly supported by the vast majority), while back in India, talking of freedom of speech gets you called an anti-national. There have been incidents of people being beaten up for not standing up for the national anthem in a movie theatre.
Unhindered by cultural norms and social norms, one is free to pursue happiness by dating people of all races, colors, sizes and shapes. It is been al most 4 decades since inter-racial dating has been normalized. Back in the largest democracy, we are so superficial and shallow that even today, marriage is more a matter of ethnicity, lineage, financial status, anything but true happiness. Killing a child for marrying outside the lineage is not un heard of in rural areas.
As an immigrant, I know what freedom is worth. Independence of the country that was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is truly a moment worth remembering.
Wishing all Americans and future Americans on Blind a happy Independency day.
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Now, speaking of India - you seem to be living in some imaginary dreamland. You can not compare freedom in America to freedom in India. America is a society which has already advanced. The issues Americans face is not the same as the issues India faces, be it geo-political, economical or just resources.
In India, you need an emotion to drive a cause. It’s not Switzerland where you say “stop at the red light” and every single person would just stop. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, I’m not even judging it. I’m saying you can not compare the two. India is a place where emotions drive a cause. Unless people emotionally connect to something, they are not going to contribute towards developing it - hence the need to derive commonalities among a diverse set of population - hence the need for a national anthem or respect to the flag. You are a privileged guy and you think everybody in India is like you, having a blind account and ranting about rich-people problems. No. You’re a measly 10% of the Indian population.
The USA can afford to give the freedom to burn their flag and still be not bothered. India cannot. Don’t dream big without having your foundations laid down firmly. Deal with the noisy threatening neighbors, deal with internal threats, deal with naxal attacks, deal with people within the society who want breaking of India in the name of Allah and Afzal Guru. And then you can sit back and chill while someone burns the Indian flag. Your basement is shaky as fuck and you’re feeling bad that the high-rise on the next lane has a rooftop pool and yours doesn’t. Hilarious.
Finally, just because someone has it in them to question your stance, they are triggered? You don’t understand how social media works then. Why are you scared of a debate, if your opinions are based on facts? Why name-call instead of engaging in a discussion? Afraid of being exposed?