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Ye Bharat Desh Hai mera….! (India My Country…!)

January 26, 2009

I am a die-hard patriot. You’ll ask, then why are you not in India? I’ll say, well.. not living in my country doesn’t make me any ‘less patriotic’.

Even the Great Subhash Chandra Bose went to Burma because he loved his country & wanted to do something for her. Just because he left the country for some time, does it make him any less patriotic..?

O.K. I won’t compare my (insignificant) self with a great leader. But the feeling is the same. I am very positive & optimistic for my country. I believe there is a lot of potential in our country & we have been proving that from time to time. And the reason our country is at threat is because the whole world knows how far India will go…. Only if….
The only thing is many Indians don’t know that yet. They don’t know their own potential.

My father was born in Delhi. So he has witnessed the real parade in his youth. He tells us how our grandfather used to take him & my uncles & aunts to Rajpath for this special day. When we were growing up he used to make sure me & my brother watch the parade at least from home as we never lived in Delhi. Along came the stories from his childhood, how people were more sincere & honest in those days. So it had become a ritual for us to be ready in the morning of 26th January for all of this. Maybe because of him I have this patriotic streak in me.

Whenever I watch the Republic day Parade on the T.V., I feel great. How beautifully our soldiers march in synchrony.. Standing tall with pride; matching steps with each other, displaying the discipline & hard work that goes into it. All of us need to learn that from them. Not walking literally but metaphorically “Walking in Synchrony” for betterment of the country. Keeping together with the fellow citizens. The brave being awarded for the ‘Bravery’ they show at the time of need, being there for their countrymen. The band playing tunes which ought to bring alive the patriotic spirit even in those who think they don’t care.

The kids from schools all over the country dancing together teach us ‘unity in diversity’. Indians were always recognized and liked by the world since very long for being a country which believes in togetherness even when being so different from each other. We need to keep that up.

Then come our ‘State wise Floats’ representing the culture, lives & achievements of the particular state. But only when all of them come together it becomes a whole country. This is all so beautiful to watch.

Seeing the flag being hoisted surely makes my heart jump with joy. There is something about the flag. When it flutters in the wind showing the waves of the tri-colour, I do feel something inside. To do something for ‘My Flag’, for ‘My Country’.

I am sure I will.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 1:16 pm

    I love watching the state floats 🙂

  2. January 27, 2009 8:37 am

    Hi Oorja:)

    New here:) really is a great feeling to watch the colourful Parade and makes me still wonder at the versatality in our country.

    Happy Republic day to you too!

  3. January 27, 2009 11:53 am

    i lik to watch it too!!! tho i missed it this time!!

    so u dont liv in indna accepted that it dosent make u less patriotic…however i think the same dosent go to ppl who opt for dual citizenship!! cause the loos the most important right of all…The Right to Vote in India!

  4. January 27, 2009 10:28 pm

    Ohhh yeah ! this year on republic day we had a very unique parade on TV from our Ram Sena goons !

  5. January 28, 2009 3:14 am

    ah nice one..and i love to watch the Parade 🙂

  6. January 28, 2009 5:03 am


    Republic Day Parade is a beauty in itself… and how can one forget the Jaguars flying past with an aura of their own! And lucky are those who get an opportunity to die for the nation!

  7. January 28, 2009 6:59 am

    Shayari – welcome here.. 🙂
    ya ours is a very versatile one… lately i see people having problems getting along due to that.Eespecially when people like Raj Thackrey meddle in between.

    Prasad – how many of those who still have the RIGHT use it properly..?

    Vimal – I call them the ‘RAAVAN SENA’.. or should it be ‘Dushaasan sena’ for misbehaving with the women..?

    Praddy – Me too… 🙂

    Chiranjib – ya right they r so beautiful.. leaving their mark on the sky..
    dying for the nation is a very noble thing but living for the nation would be even greater.

  8. January 29, 2009 12:53 pm

    Ah all this does seem like a long time ago. Nowdays Republic Day is just a reason to stay away from work.

    I just loved the part where the helicopters came in 🙂

    Nice place u got here!

  9. January 29, 2009 1:12 pm

    True…you don’t need to be in India to be patriotic; the vice versa is also true…being in India does not necessarily make you patriotic either.
    I love the parade, have watched it every year that I could on TV. Not been to Delhi! 😦 Makes one proud to just watch it!!
    Wish Indians understand the true meaning of patriotism & being Indian!!

  10. January 29, 2009 6:28 pm

    very true….
    but i missed on this yrs republic day parade on tv
    but as a child i loved watching (even still i do ) the colorful “jhankiyan” of all states ……its so beautiful 😛

  11. January 30, 2009 1:26 pm

    Happy republic day ..
    I am sorry i am late ..i knw it ..
    but better late than never ..:D

    • January 31, 2009 5:20 am

      Aarti – thanks….. welcome here… 🙂

      wow a butterfly.. how beautiful.. wish i could have one too..

      Thespian – holidays are always welcome..
      laddoos in schools.. a lot of TV… maa ka haath ka khana… what a life that was..

      Apar – right.. being in India doesn’t make anyone truly patrotic.. wish our fellow countrymen understand their potential & start looking at the burried GOLD (inside them) and not the Tons of dirt over it (politics, corruption,population etc)..

      Arpit – ya that was the word i should have used ‘Jhankiyan’.. that brings the real fun to the parade..

      Arvind – “der aaye durust aaye” par aaye to sahi… 🙂

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