Sovereignty Score: 4/5The sovereignty of India has not been challenged much, except in the Kashmir and Arunachal situations. So far, we have been able to maintain state sovereignty over the area called India quite steadily. The idea of surrendering our freedom to a body of ill-assorted representatives whose essential skills include good oratory skills and public appeal seems to have been rarely questioned. The freedom movement has been fed as an inspirational anecdote to every Indian child and the idea of national supremacy seems to overarch every irrational policy devised by political leaders.
National Identity Score: 2/5
In a population of one billion, our words seem to magnify the true nature of our ignorance at every instance of dispute.
Secularism Score: 1/5
In India, we seek non-interference of the State in our religious practices so that we can cocoon ourselves in our bigoted beliefs and ideals of morality and subsequently subject others to torture for non-observance of it. We have defeated the entire purpose of secularism while regressing to an era of stark divisions authorized by the sovereign government.
Socialism and Equality Score: 2/5
I am sure B. R. Ambedkar when he struggled to educate himself as a Dalit against people with privileged surnames, felt the same injustice. In India, instead of condemning the misuse of the system we are decrying the system itself. If people are still dying for their social status, there has to be a system, however inefficient, to address the concern. Since despite corruption and history of genocide, we still entrust our lives to smooth talkers, the least we can do to uphold equality is give a fair chance to those who could not afford training at one of those posh institutes. We all know it is hard because their parents were historically disadvantaged and it will chase them lifelong, despite their privilege.
Democracy Score: 2/5
Political parties are given privileged flying rights and traveling passes. Who, do you think, pays for them? Who, do you think, pays for all those staged screeches and cat fights? It is either the taxpayers or people looking to convert their black monies into tax-free donations. Democracy might have survived as a system but in absence of better politicians, it has been rendered into a joke. People hardly care about their leaders and they are appeased with hollow promises. Speaking along the lines of popular consensus is the mode of the day. The idea of righteousness has been long lost.
Liberty Score: 2/5
We are too afraid to change our 'sanskars'. In truth, we are afraid to move on from the identity that is the source of our privilege in the society. We are too selfish to change ourselves to accommodate other individuals. We are conceited and unyielding to open mindset. We are not liberated from the antiquity of our beliefs and we shall thus never achieve the ideal of equality and justice for all.
Fraternity Score: 0.5/5
However, as it stands, unification and freedom movement has done little to change our internal prejudices and social conflicts. Fraternity, especially with our neighbors, is a subject of highly wishful thoughts in India.
Final Score: 13.5/35
Firstly, in order to actualize fraternity, you must forget there can be a separate identity other than humanity. Then, to achieve equality, treat others with that belief. Finally to achieve liberty, give the same liberty to others as you would to yourself. If you can do this, this country will get the justice rightfully due from its people. Once we learn how to live in harmony, however imperfect, we will no longer be a thin nation but a nation identifiable as India. Unless we grow as individuals beyond our identities, we are not worthy of boasting about nationalism, having failed to achieve the purpose of that nationality. Till the time all of us can embrace such an ideal, no democratic revolution can bring peace in a conflicted nation like India.
Written by Sayantani Saha
Writer, dreamer of world exploration and lover of high fantasy