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Independence Day and Nationalism in India

Independence Day and Nationalism in India

It was the same day when 70 years ago on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947 India Gained Independence from the British. When India’s first Prime Minister gave the speech from Red Fort Delhi in 1947, It was an amazing view and if you read his speech today, it will surely give you goosebumps. Here is a small part of the speech.

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity with pride“. – Jawaharlal Nehru.

Independence Day and Nationalism in India
Independence Day and Nationalism in India

It has been 70 years since we are a free country and it is ironical if Indian youth is brainwashed in the name of Freedom of Kashmir. Once Mahatma Gandhi said “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” In the last 70 years what has changed is the definition of Patriotism or Nationalism, When we were young I remember that even saying that India would lose the cricket match was considered as Anti national‘, that’s how simple Patriotism and Nationalism used to be. Now, things have changed, Intellectual people in Universities debate on people who are declared ‘terrorist’ by the state that if they deserved to be killed. People call hanging of a terrorist as ‘Judicial Killing’. After all this if simple people like you and me call them Anti-nationals then it disturbs their Right to Freedom of Speech. It looks as if our country is suffering from Identity crisis and people or rather some very old Students (who are students for an Eternity) find it cool and hip to criticise the country.

The problem comes when your identity is defined by your Religion and not by your country. The best way to define Nationalism is to ask yourself ‘What Defines you, Being a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh,christian or You are an Indian’. A true Nationalist would always say my country defines me, Being Indian defines me, On this Independence day Lets wear our Country and when someone looks at us they must know we are Indian. Lets get Freedom from Religion and the only Religion that we should profess and propagate should be Patriotism and Nationalism. No matter what people like Zakir Naik say, We should always remember that ‘My country defines me and I am an INDIAN’. 

 

Himanshuy

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