This time I am going to say something about patriotism based on an incident that happened recently. As usual I am filled with full of energized, entertainment and excitement all through my days. During the last weekend, it was more fun, excitement and entertainment as I was having fun in meeting many friends in groups and individually, close to 38 hours was with friends in Dubai.
On my way back to Abu Dhabi, I came by a Taxi and the driver was from Pakistan. Most of the times, I will have a chat with the drivers, as I was very tired, I kept quiet and was not in a mood to listen to songs and was not getting sleep. During my travel, I saw few bikers riding their bike and as I love bikes, I gave a look at the bikes till it moved from my eye sight. All the bikes were Harley Davidson and each one was a unique model. I was not able to take my eyes out of the bikes.
The taxi driver noticed it and asked me, do you ride bikes, and I told him yes in India, I don’t have the license here, hopefully will ride it before I leave UAE. We started talking about the biking in India, Pakistan & UAE. Later it came down to the Kashmir issues, I don’t know what made us to talk about the Kashmir. But suddenly we started talking about the Kashmir, and the fight between the two nations. During the conversation, he said why you need to fight for Kashmir, give it up. First time, I took it in a lighter note, but he insisted saying that you people should not fight for Kashmir.
Initially I told him, why we should not fight for it, give me one good reason so as we can think about it. One thing we need to accept from his answer is, that the people of Kashmir who all are from India are the one who is suffering and the people of Kashmir from Pakistan are having a peaceful life.
It will not be part of India and it will be away from India and become as a separate country. To enter into Kashmir, you need to go with your Passport and Visa. The days is not too far and this is going to happen. I was very calm and quite till that time with a smiling face.
I don’t know from where I got that wildness, I told him, it was, it is and it will be part of India only and I don’t think I will entertain you talking such things. If it was in India, I would have handled in a different way. This is a common place for us and we are here for our earning purpose, I guess we should not fight on the political matters wherein you and me don’t have any role to do.
Am I patriotic or Anti-Pakistani?
I am working in an environment where there are more people from different countries. I have a cordial relationship irrespective of their nationalities. I have very good friends especially from Pakistan.
I can’t be anti-Pakistani, because I enjoy the goodness of the people who are working with me and we don’t talk anything against our countries. For sure I am not Anti-Pakistani’s.
To be honest, I don’t have an answer to say as YES, I am patriotic, but while talking to that taxi driver, felt like that he is patriotic, but soon after getting down from the Taxi, I realized actually he was Anti-Indian, because his intention was not to take away Kashmir with Pakistan, but Kashmir should not be part of India.
I am not a patriotic or to show off as Patriotic who will enjoy the Indian cricket team’s success against Pakistan or watching the cricket and feeling the spirit of Indian while winning the match. Yes I do love Cricket and I do support Indian Cricket.
I know the sickness of Mother India, and I know very well that I can’t do anything to cure the sickness. Being away from India, I can’t say I am a patriotic person, but if someone talks bad of India in a public places, I will get wild even when I am out of India.
I loved to have two son and one to be dedicated to mother India into any armed services as it is in our blood.
But the thing that goes on in my mind, is the people of Kashmir (Indians & Pakistanis) are supposed to live a normal and peaceful life, but the Indian Kashmiri’s are not able to live peacefully, is it because of India or because of Pakistan or because of our dirty politics?
I am not proud to say that I am an Indian, when I say that we are secular which the specialty of India is. What is secular, Indians saying as Tamilian’s in Bangalore need to be scared of their life when some riots happens in Karnataka, When the innocent people who went as laborers killed in Telengana/ Andhra there is no voice from any part of the secular India. Punjabis should be out of Maharashtra, only Marathi speaking people should stay in Maharashtra, Bihari’s should be away from Delhi, Don’t allow Keralite and so on….
Is it secular in Religion, No, we fight in the name of Ram, babar, Jesus, Allah, knowing that all is one and we know that oneness is universe.
Are we patriotic? No when we can’t give voice for each and every state then we are not Indian.
I think it will take ages for us to realize ourselves as Indian’s as we are more concerned about our state and religions.
Tamil speaking Hindu, Tamil speaking Muslim, Tamil Speaking Christians, Telugu Speaking Hindu, telugu Speaking Muslim, Telugu Speaking Christians, Malayalam speaking Muslims and so on…
Again in Tamil Hindu, we have different sectors as Caste Brahmin, Mudaliyar, Chettiyar etc.
Again in Tamil Christian, we have different sects in it, CSI, RC, etc….
How can I be proud or be patriotic is what was going in my mind?
I am patriotic only on the two national days Independence and Republic days, that too because we used to enjoy the benefit of holiday’s from school, office. I am patriotic, when India wins the Cricket world cup, I am Patriotic when we win the hockey cup, I am patriotic when Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal comes to Number1 position. When we excel in Satelite and proudest moment of Mars Satelite, I am patriotic.
On Every Individual’s Success, right from movies to Mars mission I am Patriotic, but I don’t do anything for my nation.
One thing is for sure that Hindus, Muslims, Christians and all other religions are practiced in India and they are all are Indians only, without Christians or Muslims, we cannot say India as India. Similarly, by the bifurcation of the languages, we can’t say that we are Tamilian’s, or Keralite or Punjabi, When the day comes that a Tamilian recognized himself as an Indian, a Keralite, proudly says himself as an Indian, a Punjabi saying as an Indian, I will also be proud to say that I am Patriotic, till then I will be a Tamil speaking Proud Indian.
I am not expecting what country will do for me, so far I have not done anything great apart from paying my income tax and casting my vote for the nation. As an Indian, I have performed my small duties with fear and faith.
We need to remove the Reservation system, end the racism within India, end the religion and caste system.
It is not easy to say that Unity in Diversity, because we are mix of different races, culture, habits people calling ourselves as single nation. To end with, I love to hear all Indians saying that India is my Nation and Indian is my RELIGION, I will love my nation more when all of us come to the stand that we are children of Mother INDIA.