Sunday, July 31, 2005

Making a Difference...............


I need to breakin from my memoirs to talk about something thats simmering within me since last couple of days.Just happened to have an argument with an Indian chat friend working in Dubai (not Neeth of course :)) and I feel I must speak my mind about it.A casual talk about the trip he had to a foreign country in the far middle-east, its a lovely place he says.Me hearing it and feeling a bit envious, wish I could travel around too.Then he makes this statement "They keep it so clean and superb..Indians should learn from them"Somehow that remark hurt a lot even though the stmt was 100% or maybe 200% true.I told him 'dont say Indians..its not somebodyelse..its we..its you and me'.And then he said he hated India,the crowded buses, the roads with gutters, the politicians who are bent on filling up their pockets and nothingelse, the corrupt officers,strikes...no development and nothing called law enforced in the land.He hated our orthodox cultures which had made his parents enforce unjustifiable restrictions on a young man.

Yes.................................................................................
Thats all true..................and theres much more to it.....................................................................................

We with our stinking cities,hopeless roads and the worst conditioned buses and trains, have nothing much to defend against these allegations.But what hurts is that these come from not a foreigner but from a fellow Indian who found greener pastures and now feels kind of embarassed that he hails from this hated land.
Who is to blame? Nobodyelse but ourselves.Half of our unemployed educated youth are mislead by antisocials or politicians and they end up as a social menace.Unemployment and poverty reigning everywhere, we are nowhere even after 56 years of independence!!.The other half of our better privilleged educated, end up settling in foreign lands,obviously everything is much much better there, why should they sacrifice their lives for a country doomed never to come up.And a good part of the people who go abroad ,enchanted by all the dazzling world in front of them, think themselves in heaven itself.

Where is all our self respect gone???? Dont we have any duty towards our motherland!!??How many countless times have we stood with arms outstretched and blurting out"India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.I love my country and am proved of its rich and varied culture and shall strive to be worthy of it"....thats the pupils pledge we made everyday in school years ago....sadly enough now I feel this oath mocking at me...My younger brother once said about a debate topic at college "Brain Drain is better than brain in the drain".So who is going to make the change?It has to be us..me and you..Everytime we say "this land is never going to prosper, we are questioning our own existence.Because one who doesnt respect or value himself , his parents or his nation can never be expected to command respect from others , bcoz these three are the ones with which one identifies himself.

Patriotism is inherent in all of us.....................its just that uplifting feeling when we cheer the Indian cricket team , Sania Mirza, Leander Paes or Narayan Karthikeyan to win for us.Each one of us need to get that feeling of oneness..then our battle is more than half won.
We never shun our dear home where we lived,laughed and cried and grew up,isnt it, even if its dilapidated and about to crash,we hold on to it with a feeling of affection, thats what we need for our country.All the social maligns that we possess are due to discontentment and selfishness.And we are to eradicate them one by one.....


Quoting John F Kennedy "Ask not what your country has given you, ask what you gave your country". Even the smallest stone can cause ripples....

6 comments:

neeth said...

i never knew you were this passionate and serious da

priya said...

Really Soorya I’m very proud of you. U r really an Indian. All of us think like you then our India wouldn’t have been like this.
Each Indian should be bounded by his own duties to his country. After coming from other countries our Indians should make our India like that its not to blame our country. We should really be proud to be an Indian. Think once: Our country is so big and we have so many states and their own cultures. We are so great that the great freedom fighters, leaders everybody had born here and fought for our country.

Our mother land has given us everything we need. You have been bought up by India and once when u reach other country and be back to India you don’t like India. Is it good being like that? Here we feel so secure in being with our mothers hands, their the each moment u r alone. U have to follow their culture, food, festivals everything.

U have to feel one thing in your mind is u go abroad anywhere and earn, learn everything but when u be back to India u have to be an Indian and make our India to improve like other countries. The first day u do a good service the second day the other do and the third day the other like this it goes on and one fine day our India too will be the top most in other countries.

As soorya said don’t ask “what my country did for me? Ask what I did for my country?”

Wishing all Indians a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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Sahiti said...

Hey! Even i happened to read a blog by an Indian, complaining about every aspect, saying "I dont believe in India..it is hell. i am better and happy in the foriegn land that i am"...My reply was exactly the same as urs ......to the extent that i even quoted the same lines of our pledge :-))

Soorya said...

Thanks Sahiti :-)
I feel that the real challenge our country is facing or has always faced is not corruption,illiteracy,bad politics or population but that "its countrymen not having belief in themselves".Lack of nationalist feeling is what results in the mayhem we see in here.We as a country of more than 1 billion are also are very good at blaming things around us than taking any responsibility to make the slightest change .How long can we be proud in a foreign land, of somebodyelse's glory? NRIs mocking at their motherland are doing so more of a false complex as well ,superior or inferior , am not yet sure :-)

scarlett said...

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:))))))))