Mr. Yndalecio Hinojosa
21 July 2013 What is freedom? Freedom means having choice or making decision without being enforced by someone. Freedom is the most ongoing issue in nowadays and it was in past too. Freedom is define as the quality or state of being free ("Freedom," def. 1). As I defining formal definition let’s look at the second most populated and seventh largest country India. As of now India is independent country, before that India was ruled under British people for almost two hundred years. “One person who came across from among 350 million people whose name was Gandhi. Independent India is 65 years old today. It is as good a time as any to dissect M.K. Gandhi’s role in India’s freedom movement. He is revered by most people as a great hero who liberated over 300 million Indians and defeated a great empire. Albert Einstein paid tribute to the man: ‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.’ Gandhi actually fought without having any violence and made British lose with having violence (Krishnan). So, Gandhi actually helped the people who do not want to help themselves to get freedom. Is this freedom? As Americans our personal freedoms must be balanced with limits to insure we do not infringe on the rights of others. Freedom means having rights to do things without being enforced by someone else. Let’s aspect the today’s most terrorized countries in the world. The most terrorized countries, first name will be come in your mind Pakistan and Afghanistan. These countries have higher level of terrorist attack. Akbar Siraj’s online article Pakistan’s Other Taliban states that, “Terrorism in Pakistan has become a major and highly destructive phenomenon in recent years. The annual death toll from terrorist attacks has risen from 164 in 2003 to 3318 in 2009, with a total of 35,000 Pakistanis killed between September 11, 2001 and May 2011” (pgh 2). Akbar Siraj explains that war in this country is ongoing and is highly destructive. These people also have rights to live means having freedom. But, when I looked at these statists I do not want to define freedom like this. Is this freedom? Having right to have freedom but cannot live with it!
Freedom means also having right to make choice or decision without being enforce by someone else. “Suicide is an important issue in the Indian context. More than one lakh (one hundred thousand) lives are lost every year to suicide in our country. In the last two decades, the suicide rate has increased from 7.9 to 10.3 per 100,000 (Vijaykumar)”. As a matter of time India had a higher rate of suicide ratio of death due to arrange marriage, India is progressing. Now, I rarely hear about any suicidal death because of marriage. I am come from Indian Culture. In India, most parents decide what is right for you. I found in some case which is helpful but in some cases is not. This shows bad result in marriage because in India every marriage is mostly arrange marriage. That is why some adult after the marriage ended up with suicide. Because of that, now young Indian people can make choice by their selves and that means they have freedom. But again my question is; is this freedom or something else?
Freedom is mostly connected to being free. But in far way it also connected to somebody who held under control, and got out with fighting for their freedom. Every Americans knows about African American civil war. But, As far as from my perspective this defines the freedom. So, let’s duck down into the history and find3 out how they truly show what the freedom is. As I paraphrase, “Free Blacks”, free blacks in the antebellum period, those years from the formation of the Union until the Civil War were quite outspoken about the injustice of slavery. Their ability to express themselves, however, was determined by whether they lived in the North or the South. Free Southern blacks continued to live