I am proud to be an Indian. I say this in all sincerity, I have seen my childhood in the early sixties, which was rather simple. That was a time when we scarcely had a car in the neighborhood, the streets were empty most of the time and had two wheelers driven by men without helmets. I don’t remember streetlights. People who had refrigerators could be counted on your fingers and our teachers used to implore the fortunate ones to take fellow class mates to our homes to show them one. That was the India I knew. It had homespun philosophy. A sales man came to our neighbor’s place to sell pressure cookers. She pointed at her cook and said “I apply pressure, he cooks”.
We have had sixty three years of independence. India has progressed a lot materially. We have a life of ease and comfort that was only found in Vilayat or Amreeka (England or America). We still have strong bonds with our family, we have not lost our connection with our culture, though we are strongly engaged in the pursuit of the materialistic. I have always felt that this is not bad for a young nation. I got into an argument with Bikram. I took exception to his blog post which I felt was India bashing. We got on chat and we discussed my reservations to his post. Then I re-read his post, which, I have to admit has a lot of truth. He said, “Ritu bhen, Japan and Germany were smashed to bits during the world war and are far ahead of us now”. I agree. I also feel that China is bigger than us and has coped much better with population and progress. So what ails us?
I recently was a judge for Blogadda’s Mera Bharat Mahan Contest, and I saw how much good work young idealists were doing for the country. We make our nation, I believe that. In my own way, I do social service for the nation too. But let us push this further – we need quid pro quo.
WE ARE DOING A LOT FOR THE NATION, SINCE WE ARE EARNING PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY
SOME OF US ARE DOING SOCIAL SERVICE IN THEIR SPARE TIME TOO
MOST OF US GIVE TO CHARITY
John F Kennedy may have said
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
But after 63 years of independence, we will not be out of line to demand a quid pro quo from our country and its leaders – who we have elected in a lawful and democratic way
I would like to rephrase John F Kennedy’s quote
I as a citizen of the largest working democracy would like to ask our beloved nation,
My India, My India’s Leaders,
what are you doing to inspire us to do more for the country
We Indians are a verbose lot, we talk and argue so much. But many of our youth go and clean rivers, clean beaches, many of us die for the nation. So we act too. I think what we need is accountability from our country and its leaders.
I love my country and want to see it at the top.