Aug 15. The only thing that we remember related to this day is...a days holiday..school parade....mittai...oru flag shirt la kuttikiradu...PM's speech from red fort...some stupid movie on tube...some actress or actor who might not even have paid their IT will talk about desabakhti and Naatupatru...
Thats the only way i remember this day being celebrated right from my school days till now. To be frank we indians really lack a strong sense of patriotism. Most of us are blinded by regionalism and casteism. The sense that one is a tamizhan or bihari or bengali or kashmiri or gujrati reigns more than the act that we are all INDIANS.
Fortunately since i was a southie brought up in north i had a chance to analyze all kinda people in close quarters. When one guy in my college was supporting the fact that the northies are a selfish bunch of people, i reciprocated that not all of em here are saints as well. One can never brand a breed from one instance.
The fact is that we need to imbibe children with patriot values right from childhood. What this nation needs for growth is INDIANS and not regional people.
I am still surprised how united we are still as a country after all these shortcomings. The best cause when we all unite as a nation is when calamity strikes. A Tsunami, Kargil, Flood, Earthquake and Cricket (nejama illaya sollunga) and these are times when we unite as INDIANS.
Any ideas to increase patriotism among this gen X?