Youth, Politics and Patriotism

An attempt at understanding friendzone.

3 min read    26 Jul 2017    

I was watching this particular video and thought I need to write about this.

A lot of times, patriotism is shoved down our throats forcefully. “Ae, bol Bharat Mata ki jai ! Aise kaise nahi bolega bharat mata ki jai !? Bolna hi padega tujhe Bharat Mata ki Jai!”

Shut UP ! Just because I love my country, I don’t have to prove it to you. I don’t need it to prove it to you. I rather prefer to show my patriotism thorugh my actions, not words. These pursuers, apply brains where it’s not asked for, and apply force when really a thought would’ve sufficed.

Everything in the media suddenly becomes blown up. A person, in media attention, should act only the way the media wants it to. The PM, for instance, cannot make a harmless joke without some stupid getting offended. Heck, a comedian cannot make a joke without getting someone offended.

A bunch of ads these days use soldiers as imagery to sell their products. You’re a telephone operator? Show a soldier talking over a phone. You sell blankets? Show a soldier sleeping after a long hard day with your blanket. Chain ke neend. Oh, you sell cough syrup? Show a soldier being ready for his job because of you.

Why this unnecessary soldier shennanigans? We know that we owe our safety to soldiers, but that doesn’t mean you use soldiers as cheap tricks to encourage nationalism in us to buy your shitty products.

Not only that, even questioning our voted leaders is considered wrong these days? RJ Mallishka of Red FM made a video, “Mumbai, tula BMC var bharosa nahi kaay” and voila! She was gifted with surprise investigation at her house and stupid fines. Come on, your timing couldn’t have been worse. The very base of Democracy is that the people who vote for it have a say in it. Is being a critic for someone we voted for; or even our voted leaders being you know, just humans no longer correct? This goes both ways, before pointing fingers and blaming someone else, I’m pointing fingers at myself.

Ae deshdrohi. Ae intolerant. We’re quick to label someone, without actually realising how much it degrades their actions or how it is going to affect their mind. Studying in a government funded institute, another statement people are quick to say is, “Taxpayers pay for the facilities you are provided. How can you do this”. To you, SHUT UP. My parents pay taxes as well. I have to pay fees to study in this campus. I am not enjoying everything for free. Yes, you can use this to motivate us, that statement is true. But using it as a weapon against us is not correct. Just because you helped someone in distress, they do not become answerable to you for EVERYTHING they do / say / act. Sure, correct them if they’re wrong. Guide them. But it is pointless to point your fingers at their mistakes. Nothing is gained in this process.

“Always contest in a battle that you can win”. Compare yourself with the losers around you so that you feel better. Biswa did a bit on this. Is it wrong to compare (not copy) someone else’s way of doing things, in this case, governance; to get a better understanding of your own? We don’t need to change who we are, or what we do; but from time to time, a check is essential.

To break the flow a bit. How many Indians do you think have access to internet, before Jio took the market by storm ? 50%? Naah. 40? 30 ? 18%. Often a large part of majority is left out when a literal Indian says, “India wants this”. When Arnab says, “the nation wants to know”, no it doesn’t. 70% of the Indian population is still in villages, some of which don’t have access to water. So while we’re busy discussing about self-driving cars and bullet trains, we also need to talk about bullock carts and daily train coaches; because believe it or not a significant percentage of India needs the already existing means to be fixed first before such innovations can be thought of.

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