Saturday, August 7, 2010

INDIA2 = India * India



In India live 2 kinds of Indians, and in every Indian, there live 2 different India

Indians in India can be broadly classified as, the Indians who feel they are Indian, and just feel the feeling and live, Indians like me doing nothing good to country (except paying few taxes, and still looking ways to evade this little good we do to our country), and Indians who really make things happen, Indians who make us proud of being Indian, Indians in defense, Indians as scientists, Indians serving for social cause, Indians abroad making country pride, well this list is countless…

And for every Indian, India is his motherland and his country…

What ever type or class or religion he belongs to, he loves his motherland for the very fact that it’s his motherland…

So I might not be doing what I am supposed to do but I am happy being an Indian as any other Indian in this world would be…

I represent more then 40 crore Indians who are below poverty line and they are so preoccupied and haunted by their struggle for survival, that they can hardly spare to think of contributing to this great nation…

I represent every less privileged Indian kid who will never get an opportunity to read or write about his great nation…

I represent those million women who still face the atrocities of society just because the very fact that they are woman, so does their life leave them with any scope of doing some thing for their great nation…

I represent every middle class Indian man who spends all his life fulfilling the basic requirements of his family…

I represent millions of Indians overseas, some contributing to nation and some are not…

I represent every Indian who can pose a question to himself that “how Indian I am”…

How Indian I am…!!!

I was born here…is that enough…!!! Enough to be called an Indian…???

Well I do not need any reasons or verifications or any proof to call my self Indian or to testify that I love India and I am proud of being an Indian…

I am an Indian even if…

I don’t think of Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, even if I don’t know when and where they were born…how they died and what exactly they did… (But I do respect them for the very fact that they contributed to INDIA).
I don’t hate Pakistan or Bangladesh or China or any other country or men in this world…because I respect there right to live as I do mine…

I have inherited the “QUALITY” to complain…complain about everything around me…
from Lalu’s idiotic jokes in parliament, to more footage being given to Rahul Gandhi’s dimples then his work in Amethi…and then our media says raja ka beta hai, raja hi banega…
I don’t like studying Hindi newspaper or bollywood music…and listening to non-bollywood music is un-Indian (where goes my right to freedom)

I complain about public transport, red spit stains all over the walls, people don’t wait for you to get out of elevators they just want to stuff in, I have to wait for a cow to cross the road before my car moves…

I have to pass 3 slums to reach a mall…

I don’t wear khadi… (There is a debate of our culture being eroded)

I hate power cuts, they don’t allow the AC to work the entire day…Damn it!!

I like McDonald’s junk more then Indian food…

I have to wait for 2 hours just to pay an electricity bill… (When we have so much of power cuts)

I don't know the lyrics of our national song (the only vande matram i could sing well is A R Rahman's song)...

I don’t feel a movie like CHAK DE can evoke patriotism in whole nation. A nation where hockey is national game and we know how good our hockey team is doing…

I don’t take the bills of my purchase just to evade taxes or I am so lazy to put my ear or mind to that “jaago grahak jaago” campaign…

I break traffic rules when ever I get a chance to and if caught bribe the cops for not booking me…

I don’t know the capital of India… (I am still confused, is it Delhi or New Delhi)

I will go on a world tour as soon as possible…

I don’t vote or do anything to ameliorate, things I moan for…

I totally support Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations, even though some feel its utter wastage of funds, but I cherish being Indian, and as I get reminded of it only on 26th Jan or 15th Aug, (well I don’t think anyone keeps on cutting cakes or exchanging gifts through out the year, we do that on special occasions), so what’s the point in defacing Jash-ne-azadi…

And for being developed part, I think, Indians need to get developed, India already is…

Patriotism comes to me naturally and I will love here more then any other place in this world…the very fact that I was born here means more then the whole world to me…

I can complain about everything I want to, I can do anything I want to…but I can not hate this place even if I want to…

I love and feel for India as every other Indian does…and you would be wrong to say that just because I do all these things, I am not as Indian as the other billion people living here are…



Because I am…I am an Indian…and I am proud of it…



P.S : I was not trying to justify myself for being irresponsible, it was a post just to say that yes I am Indian and what I feel...



This post was published in an English daily Central Chronicle

To be Indian and Pseudo Indian

credits : Rashmi ( Features Desk, Central Chronicle)


15 comments:

  1. @ramlakmi: thanx for visitin n givin ur feedback...

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  2. Hey namit,
    Well written..All these are things which we know but never bother to think about it..

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  3. @ rashmi: thanx, n it has to be beautiful if it is Indian.. :)

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  4. @heyithinkthisway: thanx fr d comment, n ur ryt most of us ignore most of it..

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  5. Very bluntly honest! I like the way you've brought out the India inside every Indian and shown how connected we all are.

    Your writing is very moving, truly inspiring :)
    Good work!

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  6. @ avi...thanx fr d comment... :) n yeah v all are connected..

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  7. Awesome...i seriously mean it..i mean i know I'm an indian but to be frank I wont say i'm moved and etc but yea it somewhere did matter...hmmm guess only indians can red it fully and those who does are truly an indian despite f the fact he hates it being one...okay to cut it short as i said AWESOME..good job namit-astha

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  8. @astha: happy independence day...

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  9. Nice post, though I didn't understand what the title implied. Patriotism comes from the most unexpected of places as well. It isn't always confined to the borders. For me, I'd say any Indian national who isn't doing anything to harm the country's image in any way and loves the nation even a little bit, is a patriot, immaterial of how much he/she contributes.
    Your honesty, that of a ordinary Indian citizen is moving.
    All the best.

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  10. @D2: well for title thing i just wanted to imply that in our india dere lives so many diverse india but still v r united...n thanx fr d comment...

    @sapna: thanx.. :)

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  11. Read your post published in Central Chronicle on15th Aug.. nice post :)

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  12. thanx for readin it n likin it... :) keep visiting..

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