I suddenly felt this urge to express my feeling on the subject after I saw a movie (read Rang De Basanti)…
I quite agree with what the director has to say…
Its not about criticising the system, but trying to correct the system, by becoming a part of it.
If we don’t want to be a part of it , we have no right to criticise it.
If we don’t have the courage to stand up to the injustice we face, we have no right to crib about it.
And I use WE here because this is not just about me or you ...but all of us… all of us who have a problem identifying with our country, our political system..
Its easier to stand outside and simply comment,but it requires courage to try and do something about it.
I don't suggest what the actors in the movie did..thats an impractical solution. But if we stand up for our rights , for what we think is correct..that itself should be a sufficient beginning.
We need to stop looking for the easier way out of every situation, and instead think of the correct way. Even what i am saying might sound idealistic, but this is the most effective way of bringing about a change in ourselves and hence our surroundings.
Patriotism is not just about saluting the flag, or standing in attention when the national anthem is being sung.. its about taking an interest in the way the country is, and making efforts to make your home a better place.