Value Of Freedom :: Independence :: Liberty
Once there lived a beautiful princess. She was very fond of birds, every morning a little bird used to come to her palace and sing for her. The princess was very happy to see the lovely bird and listen to its music. The bird visited the palace daily and the princess waited eagerly for its visit every day. She was almost in love with the bird. She wished that the bird should keep company with her all the day.
One day the princess put the bird in a golden cage and served it the best type of food. But the bird felt sad. It did not sing and eat anything. In spite of the best food the bird began to grow weak day by day. It did not sing as before. One day the princess asked the bird the reason for all this. The bird said, "I want to be set free."
The kind princess set the bird free. The bird flew happily to its freedom. The next morning the bird was back again with its usual song. The story tells us that even the birds do not want to live in captivity, however well they are fed. This shows us the importance of freedom.
Even your pet dog or cat does not want to be fettered in chains. Man is born free. He does not want to be kept in prison. He loves to lead a free and independent life. This is the reason why our freedom fighters fought bravely, suffered heavily and even faced death for the sake of freedom of our country. They preferred death than to a life of slavery. This is the importance they gave to freedom or liberty.
Freedom means liberty. It is the right or power to do as one pleases. It is freedom to act as one like. The French got freedom after the French Revolution. The Americans got freedom in 1875 after the American War of Independence. The Negroes in America got freedom when slavery was abolished. Russians got freedom in 1917 after the Great Russian Revolution. India got independence on 15th August 1947 and we became a free nation.
We need liberty or freedom to develop, improve and grow to the fullest extent. It is not possible for us to enjoy absolute freedom. There must be some reasonable restrictions on our freedom in order to allow others to enjoy their rights and freedom.