Having won our freedom from the British 67 years ago, it hasn’t made much difference to some lives. Our parents don’t even let us cross busy roads without assistance or a warning to be careful. These kids stand in the hot sun and run around vehicles halting at traffic signals, waving items to sell, desperate to have them sold and make money in the face of mortal danger.

One doesn’t feel proud to be independent after seeing all this.

The writer is in Class IX, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans Public School, Jubilee Hills