A day of Love for the Nation

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batori.inAs citizens of this pulchritudinous country India, we celebrated our 68th Independence Day last week.

On the portentous midnight of 14-15 August, 1947 Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the Indian Flag and proclaimed, “When the world sleeps, India will wake to life and freedom.” That was the day India finally attained independence.

From that day India transformed itself into ‘Incredible India’- the country with astounding diversity of religions, culture and languages. But wait! Maintain a control over and think, Are we the Indians incredible too? The answer to this question is ambiguous.

Red, Yellow, Green. Despite our fabled love of color, we ignore the red and the yellow at traffic signals. For us it’s always green.

Did I say Green? Yes, green the color of peace. But I think its significance is not well justified. Still in our hearts of heart we distrust each other’s religion. A Hindu still gives it a second thought while peeping into a Muslim’s lunch box. We still argue on who is responsible for Gujarat riots. We still are ready to slash those who dare to accept, ‘Caste No Bar’.

This is how India supposed to be! Rules are for the rest of the world. We will honk when we want!!!

We may know about Chetan Bhagat’s upcoming book or which is the latest movie trailer released. But do we know about History of India? Who has written ‘Mahabharata’ or ‘Ramayana’? About 92% of our young generation are unaware about it. How sportingly we hoist flags in schools and colleges or display pictures of our National flag on 26th January and 15th August. But do we know who designed it? No, we don’t. The great name behind was ‘Pingali Venkayya’. We know about Ronaldo, but our life gets into darker prospects when it comes to the captain of Indian Hockey Team. Remember Hockey? Yes, the National Game of India.

I wonder in fear, may be in coming years Indians will be asked about the president of India and the spontaneous answer may come as, “Honey Singh”. Trust me, anything may happen.

‘Atithi Devo Bhava’: ‘The guest is God’ is a Sanskrit verse which became code of conduct for Hindu society. But do we respect our guests from other countries? Recently Indians have developed a new caste, the caste of tourists in India. Most tourists come to India determined to see Taj Mahal and other tourist attractions. We show them our greatness by charging higher prices and befooling them. Foreign women tourists in India often find themselves placed in uncomfortable cultural stereotype. Our not so friendly attitude towards them is shameless. We are degrading the name of our country.

Similarly we neglect our environment. Most famous phrase made by the Indians, ‘If they don’t do, why I should do?’ Poor people of India, they can’t even make efforts to dump waste materials into proper trash boxes. I don’t know if it may give them some mental relaxation. WAKE UP! Your country needs you. Keep it clean. You want to go to America and Canada. Make India unattainable for them.

India is no bad, Indians are little.

“I love my country” yes definitely I love your country. But we don’t make it a day’s love. Prove it. Not by fighting on borders but at least being faithful towards your own duties. Believe me the heaven is in your own Motherland and mother is never demanding.

Don’t just love but live for your Nation. Not for a day but for lifetime. JAI HIND!!!

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About Ojasvi Nath

Ojasvi Nath is pursuing her journalism from University of Mumbai. A prolific writer and with interest in films she writes scripts for short films.

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