Note: The 'I' in the post is not specifically me in all instances.
Why should I get up at 8:00 am for the flag hoisting in the hostel when it is only a symbolism? I don't go to a temple every week - yet I believe in God.
Why should I celebrate Independence day when all it takes to make me feel patriotic is to play a few songs from Hindi movies?
Why should I celebrate Independence day when I feel restless yet helpless to see the outcome of the Jessica et al. murder cases and the Bhopal gas incident?
Why should I celebrate Independence day when I use American and international benchmarks and weigh everything in India with everything non-Indian (which means western to many.)?
Why should I celebrate Independence day when international brands of clothing make me feel nicer than what a shirt from something like 'Kirodimal dressers' would?
Why should I celebrate Independence day when all India today is about is corrupt politicians manipulating facts, situations and sentiment of a crowd which has no sentiment of its own?
Why should I celebrate Independence day when I do nothing that makes me feel like an Indian and a responsible one all year?
Born in the generation of cynics and 'rational' question-askers, I have forgotten the fact that the day 63 years ago was the answer to a country of people.
Independence day is the anniversary of the freedom of India. Independence day is the birthday of a free India.
The way I would like to be wished on my birthday, I wish India a very happy birthday!
Starting today, I vow to celebrate an Independence year. Doing one thing every day that makes me feel like an Indian.. a responsible Indian.
One 'Indian' deed every day from me and all of us will make India a better country, I am sure..