Does Independence Day Truly Matter?

The first political poem I’m writing in 1.5 years. The content is not completely original; some of the information comes from two of the greatest books that have changed Indian society in many ways – “Annihilation of Caste” by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and “Hatred In The Belly” by Ambedkar Age Collective. Here goes the content:

It has been twelve days

Since the much-hyped 75th Independence Anniversary

For which the Prime Minister pulled out all the stops

Whether it be asking every individual

To wear his/her patriotism on his/her sleeves

By changing his/her social media display pic

To match that of the Indian flag

Or asking every family

To hoist the flag in their house

Or even,

Ensuring that almost every locomotive was painted

In the tri-colour livery

Certainly, no country has ever celebrated its independence

With this much fanfare

However, does Independence truly matter

To the majority of the nation?

The sheer extravagance of the celebrations

Is nothing more than a masquerade

In order to conveniently deflect attention

From the vast ocean of problems

This country has been facing

And for which the government has done next to nothing

To rectify any of them

Not just the present government, mind you

But majority of the governments

That have come and gone

Like a military procession

We are not a truly independent nation

And have never been

A so-called harmonious country

With a multitude of diverse languages, religions and cultures

In reality, divided by thousands of castes

Out of which, an elite minority holds much sway

Accumulating a vast number of resources

And denying even basic things

Like affordable education and healthcare

To the rest of the country

As long as this elite minority remains in power

Whether socially, economically or politically

And caste, aka Brahminism, is not annihilated

Independence Day will mean nothing, absolutely nothing

To the majority of the nation

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