When did you last say Thanks to your bus driver?

Recently, India observed Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 but that does not bring me to write this post. What brings me here is, a flurry of patriotic messages across social media ( WhatsApp, Facebook etc) on this occasion.

We are living in an era where nationalism and patriotism is shown by forwarding messages. How much of it is actually true? We don’t know or at least I don’t know.

People who wake up on days such as this and Independence Day (which is coming on August 15) and show off how patriotic they are. How they are so thankful to armed forces and how in their view people in defence are the only ones who work for country.

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Being thankful is not harmful but being oblivious to civilian work is.

Being thankful is not harmful but being oblivious to civilian work is. What I am trying to say here is, every job in a society has its own place. A soldier is on the border fighting to protect the country but that is what he signed up for. No?

A farmer is in the farms battling the sun and facing the consequences of drought or flood because that’s what he signed up for.

If you still don’t get what I am trying to convey, think How would you think your life will pan out if:

  • Farmers stop working. Will you get food on your plate?
  • Teachers stop working. Will you get required education to even do any kind of work?
  • Banks stop working. How will you get cash?

I can go on with this list because there are ’n’ number of professions which are weaved in your social fabric and they all are important for the culture/society to thrive. A society cannot function without either of them.

Be thankful to everyone who make your life easier and worth living, not just Armed forces.


When did you last say “Thanks” to your bus driver when he/she dropped you at your destination? Does that mean anything to you?