India is a country which is known for its diverseness. But little do we know that the diversity varies more with mindsets than positive assets, which didn’t use to be the case in the past. India, once being a country with the most delightful, helpful, and prideful people has come down to being a country with people who debate on national symbols’ importance and counter by blaming each other for a lesser sense of nationalism which should never be the case.
The recent political trend in India lies in the debate regarding the Supreme Court’s verdict on the national anthem. The news is filled with politicians from across the country who are brought together to play blame games live on national television.
But the overwritten, real, and lost issues is not this. The real issue is that whether we, the people of this country, have brought our moral senses so down, that we’re needing to have debates on the aforementioned issues. The national anthem, for any country, is a symbol of endless pride, and should not be considered an imposition on any individual. But contrary to this, people have been finding indirect and imminent ways to mark ‘standing while the anthem is played’ as an imposed decision, which is totally disgraceful.
The national anthem, composed and written by our forefathers, was a symbol of extreme national pride and power. It was not just limited to an individual’s approach on nationalism. People seeing it as a burden to stand while the anthem is played are being hypocritical as they’re also found justifying their tremendous love and respect for the national symbol. People like these should know that there are soldiers on the borders who die just for the love of the tricolor. How shameful, petrifying, and belittling will it be for them and for those who have already given up their lives in the country’s pride and honor to know what’s happening in this country.
For me, a national symbol is a lot more than just a mark of honor. It is more of a feeling of being Indian. And I see no flaw in making ‘standing while the anthem is played’ a compulsion. For people can go on and on about claiming to have lost their liberty with this decision, but liberty is never lost while respecting your motherland.