As the dawn of 69th Republic day of India approaches, the desire to know about the Republic day incites me to look into as I like to call it ‘Know it all ’ wonder of the present day-Wikipedia. When I started reading about Republic day on Wikipedia, glorified sentence like ‘26th January 1950 the constitution of India came into effect completing the transition towards becoming an independent Republic’ popped up. Reading this sentence, my mind took another leap and rewinds
itself to many instances that I have witnessed in past few months forcing me to think that do we really deserve to be called as Republic- a place where the supreme power is held by the people.
How can we be a republic if we have to think thousand times about how safe it for our kids to step out of the house and go to schools as some movie is being released, or how safe it for us as a family to go out for a drive without the surety of all of us reaching back home safely or even how safe our kids are in their second homes-their schools.
Apparently the supreme power has never been ours, it has either been the power monger politicians, corrupted administration , experts in making mountain out of mole Media or the super agitated unemployed youth of India who don’t even know the reason for their pelting stones and vandalizing the public property and terrorizing the public.
The commom man of India is too occupied in trying to arrange proper meals for the family while arranging for funds to send kids to the best possible school of the city with the hope that they come back safely without getting their throats slit or stoned by agitators and keeping the fingers crossed that someone in the family should not get so sick that they need to be taken to 5 star hospital where their savings will be IV’ed to the sick making them better and the better getting a stroke.
As I count minutes before our Republic day approaches, I try to find answer to my daughter’s naïve question that why we had to move back to India leaving our calm life outside and her innocent comment that mom we didn’t need so much of adventure in our life. I close my eyes to remember numerous Republic day parades that I had watched with my grandfather when I was small and remember the sense of pride that I used to get in looking at all those marvelously decorated, social and cultural diversity depicting floats, the hoisting of our Tiranga and our emotional tribute to our country in the form of Saare Jahan se Accha Hindustaan Hamara, I realize that there are few things that never change and few things that keep us attached to the country where we are born no matter how imperfect it is. The thigs that give us the sense of Belongingness , the comfort of being among our own , speaking the same language , celebrating the same festivals and above all being born in the same country- Mother India.
The only way we can make our country the Republic in real sense is to provide our kids with the same protected environment that we grew up with, inculcate in them the true meaning of Constitution and our Rights and Duties and nurture them to respect each and every fellow Indian’s views and opinions with the hope that our coming generations do not step out of the comfort of out country in search of calm and peace and we do not have to answer our kids innocent question ‘Why we had to come back to India’