The Indisposed Patriotism of India.

Patriotism is defined as the love for one’s own nation.However, in recent times , the concept of patriotism has been challenged by certain events. On the eighteenth of June, the Indian cricket team was defeated by Pakistan, as we all know. The entire country seemed to have been devastated in the meanwhile. Social media sites were filled with memes, jokes, statuses, hate speeches and so on. It led me thinking about how our country views patriotism in such a narrowed sense. On the same day, India defeated Pakistan in hockey ( apparently the “national” game,) which was not even the talk until they lost to Pakistan in cricket. Is patriotism only based on supporting the Indian cricket team against Pakistan? Is patriotism only about winning in cricket alone? Is it only about making terrorist jokes against Pakistan even if it has nothing to do with the Pakistan cricket team? We must all think about it!

Had it been any other team which defeated India, the consequences would have been different. Perhaps, the reason to this remains unpopular. One might wonder if it is the divide and rule policy of the British which is still haunting both the nations. It is not about our losing, but it is about who we lost to. Our national hatred for Pakistan is so much that we do not fail to take that out in cricket.

Many supporters who were talking for Pakistan, acknowledging their cricket, were claimed as “anti-nationalists.” Patriotism tells us to love our own country, but it never tells us to not appreciate other countries, specially when it’s a neighbouring country. I do not understand how hard it is for people to just accept defeat. It is just a game of cricket and not a war. They played better so they won. It is as simple as that.Perhaps it is not abominable to support talent irrespective of nationality. I agree defeat is bitter, but people should take the defeat as a defeat in cricket. It is not to be taken so personally.

There were also flashy headlines about how some Indian supporters congregated in front of Virat Kohli’s house after the match. The inane mentality of some Indians just dumbfounds me. Patriotism is not loving your team when they win and attacking them when they lose. It is loving your own country and still appreciating the good things about other countries.
Cricket is supposed to be a gentleman’s game and it is not to be blended with nationality, religion but to be based only upon talent, skills, enthusiasm, confidence and hard work.
Whenever there is an India-Pakistan cricket clash, my news feed gets overflowed by hate speeches, jokes relating to terrorist and bombs, even though it is completely irrelevant to the game of cricket. Being funny is the new cool, but is making jokes about terrorists and bombs really acceptable? It is quite ironic for a country that gets offended the most to crack such irrelevant and lame jokes. Perhaps the match was really a case of divine vengeance by God to shut down all the egoistic,narrow minded Indian supporters who claim themselves as “patriotic.”
It is really saddening to see how a country hates its own neighbour so much.

“United we stand, divided we fall.”
This proverb should reverberate in every person’s heart right now so that they end the hatred for their own neighbours.
It is high time we as citizens of India concentrate on real problems faced in our country (there are many,unfortunately) rather than venting about useless issues and spreading hatred.


A Road Trip Across the Rich Rajputana Heritage.

It is a well-known fact that India is a land of diversity.
The essence of India lies in its variety of states,castes,creed,cultures and so on. The Rajputana heritage in India comprises of the states of Rajasthan, parts of Gujarat,Delhi and Agra.
It was last year’s summer break when I got the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage that the Rajputs left behind them by venturing out on a road trip with my friends. As a travel enthusiast, I am always willing to explore different parts of the country. It was a great experience for me. I loved to delve into the Rajputana ways of living. History has always been interesting for me and my inquisitive nature allows me to know about the grandness of the Rajput dynasty.
The road trip was spearheaded by my friend who came up with this initiative. The route map of the trip started from Jaipur and ended in Delhi. I started the journey from Jaipur with five of my friends.
It was a long journey, but a journey to remember for a lifetime. As the popular saying goes, it is not about the destination, but the journey which makes a road trip memorable. As we started the road trip and halted at our first destination, Jaipur, the royalness of the place appealed to all of us. The Amer Fort was the first one on our itinerary. Rich in its royal appeal , the monument was a splendid manifestation of the richness of the Rajputana. It was as if we had teleported to a whole new different era. The inexplicable feeling of this interaction with history was marvellous. The splendid architecture even in the times when technology was not even known as a term is indeed spectacular.
The “Diwan-i-Aam” and the “Diwan-i-Khaas” were the two gigantic halls. It seemed to me as if the ancient Rajputs of the fort had come back to life and started living their old princely life once again. Then comes the “Sheesh mahal” which was one of the finest specimen of the Rajputana architecture. It was a picturesque view to marvel at. Perhaps, the beauty of the place makes it worth being wax poetic about.
It was time for our next stoppage at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Awarded as the world’s best hotel recently, this place captures the luxurious lifestyle dictated by the Rajputs.
A kingly life is what is associated with India’s ancient history, as found out by historians in the Mughal and Rajput lifestyles. The very name of Rajasthan symbolizes it’s regal connotations.
During the course of the journey, I read all about the Rajputana heritage and got engrossed in their world. I pictured myself living in their times and leading the life of a queen. It was as if I was a part of a royal movie.
They say a place has many stories to tell.Certainly, the road trip made me live all these stories. While sea beaches, and mountains are common places to travel, historical places have a charm of their own too. They make you interact with the past while imparting knowledge.Perhaps, a part of me will always want to imagine what it would have been to live in that era. The Rajput legacy may have ended, but their essence will always be encapsulated in these heritage sites left behind.

The Ignored Seven Sisters of Mother India.

Ignorance is bliss.”
How true is this?

The serenity and calmness which is inherent in our country’s north-east corner is mesmerizing. When I was a kid, my geography lessons taught me that India consisted of  28 states (then), and the north-eastern states were collectively called the seven sisters of India. In the course of growing up, it often got me thinking about the condition of the so-called seven sisters, I began questioning whether they really are acknowledged as sisters by our Mother India.

I feel just like a sister in a patriarchal family is often not considered important, ignored and undervalued in comparison to her brother, the seven sisters of our country are also treated in the same way by its metaphorical male siblings.
There is a famous scene in the movie Chak De India! in which the hockey player from the north-east asks a fellow Indian :- “Aap apne desh mein mehman (guest) banke khush rahenge?.” This powerful line is a wake up call to many of us to protect , love and respect our own sisters. Rather than being a guest in its own family, it is upon us to unite ourselves with our sisters and put an end to the racism.

The north-eastern states have only made us proud in return of the discriminate treatment, just like a girl often proves herself and the society wrong. The ratio between men and women is almost equal in these states, which seems like a dream in many Indian states which they thrive to achieve. In Meghalaya, it is often known that the woman is the one who goes to work while the men stay at home. Women are empowered in these states even with such fewer facilities and recognition. The scenic beauty is also provided by these states and therefore, it is for our country’s own good to appreciate the sisters of the family.
The North-Eastern states often seem like a wallflower in the room.Always present, but seldom recognised, always sidelined but seldom praised.

The success of India , only lies in the unity of its states. Therefore, it is necessary to preserve the value of our sisters, because they sure deserve it.
“United we stand, divided we fall.”