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PATRIOTISM: Teenage Lesson #5

Something which we hate talking about. And I mean it, literally hate. Why? Not cool to talk about people who sacrificed their lives just for us, the selfish ones? The ones who without once thinking of their families  were ready to take the guns? Guys, are we really that mean of teens? Did’nt think so. Believe me, if they would’ve come to look at how we guys have turned our mother land, India to, they would’nt have been proud to have put their lives & homes at stake just for our being. Pathetic it is, I say. I myself being a teen, don’t really like talking of such stuff. But when Dad starts with his Pandora box of patriotic knowledge, that sense of belonging just erupts within me like a voltaic lava. I get shocked at times when I think of myself being that way. But the true Indian in me just erupts from nowhere. Guys, thinking of cars, the opposite sex, porn, videos etc. is okay & normal for us as teens. But to ponder of how it lead to our independence struggle, how it ended etc. should also be given considerate importance. It requires your ears & attention. It has been craving to reveal it’s truth & reality, but nobody to listen sadly. India, is the seventh largest country by area, the second most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Four of the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region’s diverse culture. The Indian economy is the world’s eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). It  also has the third largest standing army in the world and ranks ninth in military expenditure among nations. Now after so much of development, advancement, an expanse of scenic beauty, history, diverse religious groups & what not, don’t you think this country has more to give than us to offer? Then why not conquer the super cool demon in us & uplift the patriotism? Like yesterday only, I was reluctant to watch this movie, ‘The Bhopal Express’, telling the tale of the major Union Carbide Gas Tragedy in Bhopal, where over 8000 people died. After searching a lot on imdb, I got to know it’s synopsis & somehow I just had to watch it. It actually made me cry like a baby. Seeing the peoples’ suffering & pain, I could’nt have felt more ashamed & embarrassed of the deflated Indian in me. Guys, try to adhere to those History & Political Science lectures at times. It has a lot to reveal about India & it’s fascinating tales. Not only the Indians, but I preach this to all my other fellow country mates. Revive the ‘Indian’ in you. Jai Hind.

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2 responses to “PATRIOTISM: Teenage Lesson #5

  1. Mondal ⋅

    Its a shame that not many people know that the Indian Army is the world’s largest volunteer army. We fight on the world’s highest battlefield-the siachien glacier …. its time we start respecting the Armed Forces. also we have a laid back attitude “chalta hai” kinda thinking…in this country one is simply not bothered about anything but HIMSELF. here money matters more than lives of people….the bhopal gas
    tragedy being a prime example.. The Brits ruled us for 200 years and even then we seem to hold them up in high regard rather than our fellow Indians. Its time we stop this and try to give a little something back to this land. Jai Hind.

  2. Mondal, I’m with you on this. Very rightly said. We, especially the teens end up overlooking what our very own country has to offer us & hardly respect it’s givings. We before & even after the Brits have a slave tag on us as we constantly try to imitate them as well as the Americans in every aspect possible. It really is disgraceful. We do not take our own country’s potential seriously & do the least possible for it. So, I think it’s time we bring about a change in this stereotype attitude & work for our India.

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