Sunday, 21 February 2016

INDIA : An Emotion

While there are people debating freedom, nationalism and even whether our flag is anything more than a piece of cloth, there are brave souls fighting for the very nation that is taken for granted by most of us. Fighting for that small piece of cloth which many now feel isn’t so important. Singing that anthem within, for which standing up is being considered unnecessary today.  

While we demand freedom of expression as a fundamental right, we conveniently forget the fundamental duty of respecting the symbols of this Nation.

Constitution, laws and rules apart, where has the conscience of the people gone? Do we really need a written rule to salute the tricolour and stand up for the National Anthem?

It pains to even think that this country which has seen so many patriots born, live and die for its freedom, is now in this state- where political rivalries take the centre-stage pushing nationalism to the corner.

Amidst the debate of what nationalism is, everyone seems to be busy in reinforcing their political ideologies and settling their political scores, and the true sense of nationalism is dying its slow death. Conflicting ideologies and perspectives have overshadowed the common factor that unites us – INDIA. And we, as a society are collectively responsible for it.

The efforts taken to oppose the conflicting opinions easily overpower the efforts taken to justify one’s own. Constructive debates and criticisms have become a thing of the past, and this isn’t a healthy trend for a democratic nation.

We have failed to realise that this country is not about any single ideology or a person or even a political party for that matter. INDIA is an EMOTION. And that is precisely the thing which drives the armed forces at our borders to fight for this country without fear of death.

The current state of things makes one feel that the we Indians sitting within four walls of our homes and debating nationalism are literally emotionless about it. And unfortunately, emotions can neither be taught or enforced. Nor can patriotism be defined and preached, rather it shouldn’t be. They have to come from within.

As Oscar Wilde said - “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

Let us not forget..Men may come, and men may go, but INDIA will remain forever.

Remembering Rabindranath Tagore’s beautiful words :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

From a Proud Patriot.

Jai Hind.