Remembering Why Gandhi Starved Himself
The military band's quick and terse rendition of India's national anthem was greeted with a few hushed sighs and gentle nods, in keeping with the somber mood of the Independence Day festivities at the governor's mansion. There was little of the chest-thumping pride or fireworks on display for the few hundred guests.
European consuls fiddling with ties in the muggy heat; old freedom fighters
standing tall, their faces gaunt and expressionless. Sixty years after the
waning British Empire hastily departed after jotting down some lines on a map
turning one country into two, the Indian Subcontinent has cause to both mourn
and celebrate the day of its bitterly-won freedom. Indeed, Indian independence
day ceremonies are largely stoic affairs, steeped in the memory of a nation that
was dismembered at the moment of its birth.
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