I feel I do have this itsy bit of patriotism hidden somewhere in my body.Becuz everytime I watch a movie like Rang De basanti/Yuva/Swades, I have this incredible urge to runn and enrol myself in the ARMY or become an IAS or become the next great leader of India who will remove corruption and reform hamara bharath! ahemm.. But well, the feeling sorta fades into a more obscure corner in a while.:( I loved Rang De Basanti for that reason , that these guys are as cynical as you and me but then in the end they stand up for what they believe in. It might have been a “personal” grudge that they had against the “defence” minister, but they were ready to fight for that (Even I found the end a bit extreme , but you get the message nehow!) ..
This led me to a different train of thought. Would I have fought for India’s independence if I was born in that era?? I mean, if I take into account my present temperament and “inaction”, then (although I hate to admit it!) probably not. I can almost imagine what it would have been like. Here I am, not bothering to do a thing about my country although I rant and rave about those corrupt ministers and government who is more interested in pilfering our money than DOING any good for us. Back then, this must have been the exact scenario! I would have been ranting and raving my ass off, about the Britishers and about how they have enslaved us and then ultimately would have taken the safe way.Maybe gotten married to a “brahmin” doctor working for the british government! I feel awful about it and console myself that probably if someone close to me was involved in the freedom fight, then I might have too 😀 (yeah I am quite the gullible, easily influenced sorta person!)
I know its difficult to get yourself to DO anything for a country which doesnt offer anything to you except huge open latrines in every corner of the street and potholes in every other inch of the road and officials who take bribes to just do their job..and..i could go on and on.. Infact I am really not much into the whole “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” thingy. Inspite of this, I feel that we should be “PROUD” to be Indians and for this, we have got to show the world what we can be. I have heard people express surprise at the fact that our country is managing to live on , inspite of the creaking machinery.But we shouldnt just be crawling along our tracks, gasping for air, we should be bolting at the speed of lightning down the highway!!
So in my wistful dreams, I wear a cotton starched sari ( 😉 yeah gotta get the look right you see :D) travellin in ambassador cars with a red light and ,hopefully, with bodyguards 😀 and making a DIFFERENCE.
Sighh..I wish there was someone assertive to tell me , DONT JUST SIT THERE AND WRITE A BLOG, DO SOMETHING!! But well..till thenn…..