Independence Day Musings.
Switching through the different FM stations the other day, I caught a back to back of patriotic songs on 103.0. It was more of a medley; remixed versions of old and new songs alike. I decided to listen to it and it got me thinking about MB’s post on how few stalls we see this year with the national flag, “jhandian” and badges etc and how there aren’t any patriotic feelings in the city anymore. I was startled to realize that I haven’t had a single patriotic thought or feeling in ages! I can’t even remember the last time I had any. Sure I don’t want to leave the country like so many others but the reasons for that have nothing to do with patriotism. Last night, I only realized that our independence day had arrived because of the firecrackers that started going off and I couldn’t wait for them to stop so that I could sleep in peace.
I remember a time when people used to take pride in decorating their homes with jhandian and used to put up flags well before 14th August came. Seeing huge flags flap in the wind on top of various houses was a novelty. Little kids wearing badges and having their very own small flags that they would wave out of cars or take to school.
Its ironic really, how at one time our elders used to complain how people don’t respect the flag. Letting it stay up even after the independence day and not caring what happened to it as it would usually come down only after it had been torn or whipped away by the wind. How they used to grumble when those paper jhandi’s would come under their feet because people had thrown them out after the independence day was gone in order to de-decorate their home. Now we have the opposite to complain about. We don’t see enough flags!
The heart of the problem though remains the same – We don’t care or respect the most important day in the history of our country…and perhaps, if we let it be, the most important day of our existence and of those of our past and future generations.
When was the last time any of us felt patriotic? Or even had a patriotic thought? What is our “patriotic contribution” this year? For all my big words, my contribution is nil. All Ive done is pin a tiny flag badge on my book bag.
Happy Independence Day everyone.