One more time together, friends, let’s stand up to celebrate the 60th Republic Day. Let’s tell our country, one more time together, that we love it. Let’s be proud, one more time together, that we are Indians.
Let’s salute our tricolour, one more time together. Let’s sing our national anthem, one more time together. Let’s say, Chak de India, one more time together.
Why am I stressing so much on ‘one more time together’?
Because I’m afraid, now we be Indians, together, in true spirit, occasionally, rather only on these two days—Republic Day and Independence Day.
So——just one more time!
For the rest of the days, we belong to separate places, speak different languages, love those who speak our tongue and kill the ones who dare to set foot on our soil.
No, I’m not talking about different nations. I’m referring to one nation, our nation, where we stay like estranged neighbours.
Giving up our lives for the sake of our country seems to have become passé. Now, we end up being killed, fighting for states.
Each of us wants a separate state. And let’s not blame anybody else for it. Let’s not say ‘you want it and I don’t.’ We all want it—knowingly or unknowingly. If people who have been living with us want to separate from us, we are responsible. It’s because we have treated them unfairly, we’ve been unjust towards them. It’s because we have not made them feel at home, we have discriminated against them.
At a time when we should be working towards wiping out all discrimination based on caste, creed, gender and religion, we are moving backwards and dividing ourselves further on grounds of language, beliefs, practices, etc.
When we should be doing our best to prevent unfortunate incidents like the Godhr riots and Babri Masjid demolition, we are involving ourselves in ‘Telangana’ ‘Vidharbha’ and Marathi and non-Marathi.
Eventually what are we planning to leave for our generations to come? A separate Republic Day for each state? Or worse still, a small bunch of them hoisting a flag to mark the independence of ‘So and so Colony’?
A visit to Chandni Chowk
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