Malapura, Karnataka, India.
So today was India’s Independence Day. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to talk about it or not but I decided I want to in the end. India only became independent 72 years ago, which if you think about it, is not that much time. The country was exploited by the British Empire for much much longer. Sadly this day also marks the day when the country was divided into two, and modern day Pakistan was born. The partition was a horrible event, which, in my opinion should never have happened. It not only affected my family personally but millions of others. The British empire instilled the idea of “other” in the nation. They wanted to create a state of unrest, a civil war, in order to distract the world from their own “failure”. The amount of hostility between Hindus and Muslims prior to this event was pretty minimal. In fact, everyone lived pretty peacefully. I wish it still remained like that today. Sadly, that is not the case at all because India is now governed by men like Modi who likes using the same tactics sort of tactics as the British Empire. Instead of embracing our differences and showing people that everyone can live together in harmony, he is dividing the country even further by using religion and violence. History repeats itself I guess. India is a wonderful country with some of the richest cultures in the world. But a lesson it needs to learn is that it works best when people’s differences are embraced. That’s how India managed to get its independence all those years ago. And that’s the only way it can continue to grow. We are all brothers and sisters here. No matter what religion, gender, caste, skin colour, etc! None of it matters! We are all put on this planet together for some reason, so why not make it more bearable for one another?
This picture was taken on an evening when @aravind_tm and I decided to go for a ride on our motorcycle, Marley. We were having a tough day, like all couples do sometimes, but going on an adventure to find the nearest chai stall and sitting on the roots of this tree watching the sunset made everything better. Yes, I am a tree hugger, and proud of it!