A young Indian, this Republic Day

It’s India’s republic day today. Although I’m not the patriotic kind. Yet I’m choosing to take a moment to reflect on the significance of this day and what it means for me to be an Indian.

My country has an exemplary past. Indian people, heroes, cultures, philosophies, arts, inventions, discoveries will forever pride us for their legacy. Yet, today, the present time, is dominated by controversies, false ideologies, skewed philosophies, dying culture, intolerance, and conservative social values. In short, the present times are not carrying the virtues of our past. However, the present times also illustrates a spark of endless possibilities. Hope of a stellar future, the kind that would exemplify our legacy and do justice to the social and cultural virtues we claim to inherit.

This new year I met a lot of stellar Indians. Not the famous one, but those who are on a path of challenging and holding the potential to shape the future of our country and set the tone for the future. To them, I salute and promise to contribute to the best of my abilities and then push a bit more. Hence, on this republic day, I want to hold hands albeit imaginarily and strive for a better future of my country in my own way. Jai hind (battle cry of prosperous India).

Indian National Flag. It has three colors, saffron, white and green, with a navy blue “Ashoka Chakra” in the center.
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