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India is ‘sometimes’ my country

I think now it’s time to change our pledge from ‘India is my country’ to ‘India is ‘sometimes’ my country’. Right   ? 

Do you agree with the title? Yes or no?

Yes ?? really ?? then you are really honest; at least to yourself. But if you feel No, then there are three options.

First, either you are really patriotic and truly ‘pure Indian’ by heart.

Secondly, you are simply lying. Yes. you are lying to me, to others, to this country and to yourself too.

And third, you are stupid, if you believe that the first statement of our pledge is still true for everyone.

Still confused? let me tell you why I have chosen this title.

India is ‘sometimes’ my country

In fact, it’s not just the title of my post, the statement is the current principle or theory in itself, which I am trying to prove.

Some of you may agree or some may disagree, I will try to make it.

I was watching the video posted by Kamal Hasan on Twitter related to the Hindi language. “We respect all languages but our mother language will always be Tamil.

Jallikattu was just a protest. The battle for our language will be exponentially bigger than that,” he said forcefully.

Oh! ..for expressing the love for his mother language and to protest the imposition of Hindi, he actually used the third language; and that’s English.

Funny? at least I found so.

Even then many non-Hindi state ministers join him in the same regard and give this a political turn.

As a result of this, our home minister Mr. Amit Shah claimed that he had only requested everyone to learn Hindi as a second language after their mother language.

Let’s extend our discussion on the old proven statement of the identity of our nation.

It’s that, ‘India is a country where there is unity in diversity’. Is it?

Am I correct in writing the statement?

Or is it ‘Diversity in unity’? No…

I think the first one is correct, technically.

But my heart suggests the second statement is true based on the current situation of our country.

We are diverse in many aspects such as states, religions, castes, languages, cultures and so on. But are we really united with other people of our own country but from other state or religion or caste?

NO.

Are the inter-religion or inter-state or inter-caste marriages easily possible in our country?

No? Why? Where goes that unity in diversity at that time?

Have you not tried to find your community people or people from your state to group together if you are out of your state?  Why? Where goes that unity in diversity at that time?

Have you not generalized some myths about other state’s people?

Have you not discussed or passed comments to other state people on their behavior or their habits ? on their back?

The statements I normally witnessed are :

“All gujjus are same…”

“Don’t trust on Marwadis.”

Then, “south Indians are so rigid.”

“North people are scary, it’s not safe over there.”

“Oh, I tell you…. These bhaiyas…..”

Maybe there would be such crispy comments about Maharashtrians too.  I haven’t come across as I am Maharashtrian, and people will not talk about such things on your face.

Anyways!.. there are such endless gossips about others.

It’s everywhere … at least once you might have gone through such a discussion. Ask yourself honestly. Right?

So we all are in the same boat. We love our state more than our country.

Now it’s not finished yet. At least we should stick to the love of our state. But no, we people have conflicts inside our states also.

For example, in Maharashtra, Mumbai vs Pune, which is better?

All these Puna public is slow, the Mumbaikar would say.

Mumbaikars are always in a hurry…. tonts we get from Punekars.

These are not jokes, even in corporate meetings or conferences, I have heard such statements.

But wait..it’s not over yet. If you are in Mumbai, there are conflicts in the people of different cities.

Like central people and western people have their own self-respect to fight with each other.

And the list will go so deep that maybe one day there will be fights between Dombivli east versus Dombivli west… or it can be Society wing A versus wing B…on in neighbors instead.

Oh !  can you imagine how far we have come from our own India??

There are many societies in Mumbai which are specific to only Gujrathis or Telugus or Tamils and of course for only Maharashtrians. Buying a flat into it if you are from another state is not possible at all.

Then what’s the use of such diversity?

Of course on occasions like 15th Aug, 26th Jan, cricket matches and some other festivals we do come together but by heart, we all have not accepted each other as ‘Indians’.

We have tags of our own states only. Our states in itself are our countries.

So for me, the statement ‘unity in diversity’ is not justifying in India. We have left only with diversity.

On a daily basis, we are not Indians. Only occasionally we step into the ‘Indian’ mode.

And thus, it proves the theory of India is ‘sometimes’ my country.

India is ‘sometimes’ my country

(Office Team : India is my country while watching India – Pakistan match with tricolored faces n all u know…

O.M.G. too much of patriotism in one day)

4 thoughts on “India is ‘sometimes’ my country”

  1. When it comes to individual responsibilities- every act that could make a constructive difference for the nation, the blames in the name of ‘government’ come into picture. INDIA is “OUR” country. People turn blind eye towards the ‘O’ and the rest all is ought to be ‘URs’. Fortunately or unfortunately, patriotism arises twice in a year- just because we’re taught to commemorate the great deeds of the great people only on these days? Ah! Now it comes to sense; this is only what we could do- to recollect and wait for someone to raise the voice until we’re awake from the process of remembrance. ‘India is an independent, republic and democratic nation’ is just a colloquially obvious sentence for the politicians. Are we? Or are we just psychologically been hammered with those words? Ask yourself. What better could you do? Afterall, the real fight in democracy is between remembering and forgetting.

    1. Exactly, that’s what this post is.
      In my opinion, post independence, we have totally forgotten the values of those people who fought for the freedom and the definition of patriotism was different for them and different for the generation who born after independence.
      Whatever I have mentioned, is the hard and bitter reality of the time.

I would appreaciate hearing your thoughts on this.

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