The word 'azadi' has been thrown around a lot off late. It has been the cause of a lot of woe because of its use in the connotation of the state of Kashmir. But it is a word that needs to never lose its value. 'Azadi' or freedom, is as essential to us today, as it was in 1947. We may have gotten used to it and taken it for granted. But every once in a while, when it is threatened, whether by people or ideologies, we need to remind ourselves of what it means.
This passionate and fiery poem by noted feminist and activist Kamla Bhasin describes what 'azadi' means to her. Freedom from patriarchy to hierarchy, freedom from humiliation and violence, freedom to dance and sin and express yourself; freedom is necessary. Watch her recite this powerful poem to a frenzied crowd and feel the sentiment it echoes.