Today is the 57th Republic day of India. India steps into the new century and into the big league. Corruption is still rampant. More than 40% of the people are still below poverty line. India grows into an IT power house. Once considered as a weakness, India uses its population to attract foreign investment and money to finance its infrastructure. Making headways into not only IT, but medicines, Finance, Infrastructure, space research, nuclear technology etc.
59 or so years after independence, with tolerance and secularism taking a beating, with caste politics and religious fundamentalist dominating everyday life, with reports that India becomes the biggest killer of female children, with values degenerating to nothing, with no credible leader to look up to, with people you elect think of ways to screw you up, Do you really feel Indian?A big country, the second largest population of the world, more than two dozen primary languages and more than a thousand dialects, more than half a dozen religion and more than a thousand caste, neighbors who hate you, no war but still people dying due to firearms, it is still good to see we surviving as a nation.
With new generation and people like me who have no idea what we went to gain independence and unable to identify with the leaders of the independence era, how do I generate patriotic feeling in me.
What does patriotism means anyway? Does cheering for India during India-Pakistan match called patriotism? Does singing patriotic song or the national Anthem count as patriotism? Does patriotism is something which you carry as a banner or something which is shown through action?
Today when the older generation fading away in history and as we get ready to identify less and less with the independence struggle and the people who made it possible, do we sit and wait for another revolution or do we make an effort and contribute in our small way possible?
Does the Republic day or the Independence Day become another day for hoisting the flag by our political leaders or does it becomes another public holiday or does it really become a cause of celebration for the common man?
We and only we decide:-
Happy Republic day!