Come my fellow Indians, let’s celebrate this joyous day of 15th August as the day of India’s Independence. Let’s flood each other’s whatsapp with messages carrying the Indian National Flag, that horizontal tricolour with the Ashoka Chakra at the centre, which would instigate patriotism in us. But wait, don’t let the patriotism fall so far; instead, let’s just check the facts for this celebrated moment, so widely called as our ‘Independence Day.’
For all you might agree with me, when I would define India’s Independence as ‘being free from the British Raj and their administration’. Well for a fact, our Independence does mean that. But was this condition so fulfilled in our grand glorious India? After getting into some research, I have some pretty sad news, which follows how we failed to fulfill this condition.
We were granted the ‘Dominion Status’ on August 15, 1947. Now as per our great leaders, who have made India the best most progressive nation in the world, this meant the same as the ‘Independent Status’, but they were wrong! Let us take the Balfour Declaration of 1926 to understand ‘dominion’ a little more. It defines it as “autonomous communities within the British Empire, united by common allegiance to the Crown.” If we were independent on this day, then why should we be loyal to the Crown? Strange right? Feeling betrayed?
Our great leader and also the first prime minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was in charge of the nation Post- ‘Independence’? Well we believed so, the truth being that with his white cap and rose filled pocket, he was fourth in command in controlling India; sitting behind Louis Mountbatten; then came the King of India, King George VI. Yes, you heard it right. King George was then answerable to the Queen, so making her the top most on the chain of command.
Mountbatten left India in 1948, felling happy that Nehru was promoted? Well, C. Rajagopalachari was the one before Nehru even then. M.O Mathai was then the Private Secretary of our great First Prime minister, who failed to tell this great nation that he was not in power. Mathai wrote ‘Reminiscences of the Nehru age’, where he talks about how Nehru had to take permission from the King for all duties referring to himself in third person.
Here is the letter written by Nehru to the King of India: “Jawaharlal Nehru presents his humble duty to Your Majesty and has the honour to submit, for Your Majesty’s approval, the proposal of Your Majesty’s Ministers in the Dominion of India; that Sri Rajagopalachari, Governor of West Bengal, be appointed to be the Governor General of India on the demission of that Office by His Excellency Rear Admiral, the Earl Mountbatten of Burma”.
This was just on the administrative sphere, if we further step into military and other forces of defence, we were not independent until late 50’s.
To the satisfaction, all in 1950, we accepted and enacted our constitution; kicking out the King and truly making India a democratic country, which was from 1947-50 a constitutional monarchy. While this was done for a smooth transition so to say, the truth is the leaders who chanted ahimsa were not capable enough to lead the nation, so the British had to teach us. While Nehru sat holding the thread Gandhi was weaving, he knew nothing of controlling a great nation.
All this said, let me tell you in brief; Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose rose an army, made a government in exile, set up his Council of Ministers and also was able to get support from nationals like Japan to free India from the Raj. Netaji was able to gather forces for India, when we needed them fighting the British army and for all that he was labelled as a ‘terrorist.’
Let’s not live in hoax that was spread by our incompetent leaders and the masters from the past.
~References: ‘GREAT GAME INDIA’
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