Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....) (angiasaa) wrote,
Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....)

On Misplaced and Misinterpreted Patrioticism

Oh well, if you've been keeping track of mrsgollum's journal, I suppose you'll understand what I'm talking about here.

If you've been spammed like a criminal with:
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feel free to to skip the link....

If you've been out of phase thus far or if you've been lucky enough to have wriggled out of the spammer-dictionaries, I suggest you go check out the relevant post on mrsgollum's journal located here.

As mrsgollum pointed out, It's due to insecurity. Add to that, the Indian feeling of 'revenge' and 'avenge' that's rampant in our idea of cinema. Throw in a dollop of regret at having pushed the British out. (The British wanted India, but not as badly as we seem to think we did. It was in their best interest to evacuate the place and control it through remote strings. But we don't see it that way do we? We just sneer and say we kicked them out. Bah!) The way we've been brought up, the way we've been taught about other nations, it all adds up to a volleying 'I'm sub-standard' feeling that provokes this desperate urge to say "I'm better that you! So there!".

We're no better than anyone else.... There might be people worse off than we are in some ways, but they'll be better off in other ways. It's not about fighting as a nation. There's a whole darned planet out there to save. There's no point in keeping your house clean and raking the leaves off your front lawn every day. You have to try and fix the whole bloody neighbourhood.

We Indians don't care most of the time.
Some of us do.... Some of us don't.
We're selfish, so are they.
We're proud, so are they.

But they can poke fun at themselves and laugh. They even take jokes about their motherland in good humor. But if anyone laughs at us, we feel bad and throw them behind bars.... "Mockery" they say, "Disrespect" even.... But what's the point? If I say 'The World sucks!', no one bats an eyelid. But let me say 'India Sucks!' and just see the reaction I kick up! I'm declared an outlaw! After the wild commotion dies out and I regain my consciousness, all bruised and broken, I open my eyes to take in the inside of a jail cell.

I'm a citizen of the World first, a citizen of India second, or maybe third or fourth. There's too much agony in trying to explain the nuances of mind to these people. Frankly, I think the thoughts and opinions of the majority of this country is seriously outdated. We need a reform, and we need it mighty soon!

It's not mockery of the nation when you have a model walking down the ramp in the national colors.... She's proud to wear the darned thing. But even if she's not, WTF does it have to do to the rest of us? The flag is just a symbol. It's the people who make the difference, their thoughts, their ability to think like adults....

I think that's the problem, we're too stuck in our ways. We fear change, we fear moving ahead, we fear the fact that other people are moving ahead, and we regret it, we hate the facts, but we'll laugh at them. That's sad. I love the country, but not obsessively so, not enough to stick prongs in my eyes and act blind....

Just because I'm Indian, does'nt mean that I should'nt see how much of an idiot I really am. Or for that matter, how much of an idiot this chap is....

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