India at 70 and what do I expect from India at 80?

India enters its 71st year of independence. We have gained a lot in these 70 years, however there is a lot more to be achieved. As a woman, born in Free India I still want a few things to change and a few replaced and as a mother I dream of a certain future for my children. This is a post about those wants and aspirations.

Manyavar did an ad of India- 70 not out and that quite sums up India’s journey of the past 70 years. I loved it.

But I also believe there is a lot more that needs to be done. I am a woman and a mother and I am drawing my list from my experiences and what I see around

What Freedom means to me as a Woman

  • Freedom for me means I can take a walk or go about my life fearlessly, be it morning or night.
  • Freedom for me means not being slotted as an ‘abala naari who always needs a ‘man’s’ help
  • I don’t want extra benefits like reservation for being a woman but I want equal opportunities and rights
  • As a woman, I want people to ask me about my dreams and my ambitions, and not about when I am planning to ‘settle down’
  • I want the freedom to be able to choose between being a SAHM, working mom, entrepreneur, part-time work or be content in being a homemaker and not be judged for my decisions.
  • Freedom from being portrayed in a certain image in our serials and the burden of carrying that out in the real world.
  • Freedom from being expected to do only certain kinds of jobs. Cooking, Cleaning, and Child-rearing need not be allotted to a woman by the society. It needs to be the duty of each partner irrespective of gender.
  • Freedom means being something more than ‘a hot piece of ass’, ‘a dumb maiden,’  or a ‘damsel in distress’
  • Freedom means not worrying if I would be able to get back to work after having a kid

Freedom to me as a mother and a woman in India

What Freedom means to me as a Mother

  • Freedom to happily welcome my baby in this world, be it a girl or a boy
  • Freedom to find the right balance between my family and my personal ambitions
  • Inclusive and supportive workplaces that respect Work-Life balance
  • Freedom of letting my children live their lives on their terms and not be bogged down with ‘Log Kya Kahenge’ or ‘Girls shouldn’t be doing this’
  • Freedom to inspire my children to dream big and achieve whatever they wish for in our country
  • Ensuring that my daughter knows ‘being fair skinned’ is not an achievement and finding a ‘fair wife’ is not the biggest accomplishment in life. Beauty should not be just skin deep.
  •  Respecting everyone and not-judging people based on their body type, skin type, kind of job they do or their educational qualifications. The most educated and wealthy may lack basic civic sense and the most illiterate might have a heart of gold. See good in others.
  • Respecting a hard-working person, irrespective of the kind of work he/she does. No work is big or small as long as it is being done with good intent and complete honesty.
  • Freedom from the fear of “Will my children’s career or educational prospects me hampered because of – caste, corruption, red-tapism or donations”

What are your dreams and aspirations for India after 80 years of Independence? Do share and add your ideas to those above.

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27 thoughts on “India at 70 and what do I expect from India at 80?


    (August 16, 2017 - 12:37 pm)

    Such an insightful post! Freedom is so vital. ❤️❤️


      (August 16, 2017 - 2:43 pm)

      Thanks Bindy


    (August 16, 2017 - 3:51 pm)

    This article is so insightful and eye opening! A huge well done for doing this ❤


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:39 pm)

      Thanks Becky


    (August 16, 2017 - 4:11 pm)

    Very well n deeply written , yes we want that v shud b asked bout our dreams , yes we don’t wanna think whether v wud b able to make a carrier after a kid or not , yes we want to think freely n live freely , I just loved it neha ,


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:48 pm)

      Thank you Monika.

    Jiya B

    (August 16, 2017 - 6:14 pm)

    I loved the way you raised voice here. We still need to over come many issues to be free in true sense.
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      (August 22, 2017 - 5:49 pm)

      True that Jiya, thanks for stopping by


    (August 16, 2017 - 6:36 pm)

    Loved the way you have mentioned today and what expect from tomorrow. I so agree with the post of what we really mean as true Freedom.
    Freedom as a mom
    Freedom as a women
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      (August 22, 2017 - 5:49 pm)

      Thanks Dipika


    (August 16, 2017 - 7:35 pm)

    This is such a beautiful and insightful post…. Thank you so much for sharing this with us…


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:53 pm)

      Thanks Shell

    Geethica Mehra

    (August 16, 2017 - 7:46 pm)

    Neha, these are really strong points as a woman and as a mother. I expect these changes to be a part of our lives as we grow and our country growing ahead.
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      (August 22, 2017 - 5:53 pm)

      Thank you Geethica

    Chelsea Padgett

    (August 16, 2017 - 11:14 pm)

    Our freedom as mothers and women is still an illusion. We have made some progress but we aren’t quite there! Your words are so beautiful. Great read.


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:54 pm)

      Thank you Chelsea


    (August 17, 2017 - 2:24 am)

    I love this post. It resonates worldwide. ❤️


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:54 pm)

      Thanks Darlene


    (August 17, 2017 - 5:12 am)

    loved it in so many ways, this is what we want a free India to be, free of judgements, free to give power to woman, respect to girls..Superb read


      (August 22, 2017 - 5:57 pm)

      Thanks Jhilmil

    Karen Lizarraras

    (August 17, 2017 - 9:22 am)

    This is such a beautiful piece. I don’t think many of us realize how fortunate we are to have the freedoms that we enjoy. So eyeopening


      (August 22, 2017 - 6:04 pm)

      Thanks Karen


    (August 18, 2017 - 10:02 am)

    WOW, congrats and happy independence India! So great to appreciate our freedom indeed!

    Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    (August 18, 2017 - 3:22 pm)

    A wonderful post which resonated deeply Neha.To be free of ‘Log Kya Kahenge’ or ‘Girls shouldn’t be doing this’ will be a blessing and hopefully one day it will be.Loved this post Thank you for writing with us for #MondayMommyMoments.
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      (August 22, 2017 - 6:04 pm)

      Thanks Amrita.


    (August 20, 2017 - 11:50 pm)

    How true! We not only need freedom as moms but on the whole as a woman or as a girl. People are fast to judge us for whatever we do or not do. Thanks Neha for linking up with us at #MondayMommyMoments


      (August 22, 2017 - 6:04 pm)

      Thanks Deepa

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