5 reasons we should be proud to be Indians

india fistJanuary 26 is India’s Republic Day to commemorate the day the Constitution of India. 

If you’ve been reading the papers or checking out news websites, you’ll get the impression that this is a bad time for India as a nation. The currency is down, corruption is rife; the gap between haves and have-nots is increasing; a Salman Khan-movie released yesterday  – you get the drift! But we often forget (the author included) the privilege of being born in a democracy. We take too many things for granted; the truth is that to a certain extent this great nation allows us to be free. Yes there are prejudices, age-old traditions and other horrible things but they’re not supported by the law of the land. We don’t have to blindly follow our rulers; we have the right to question their actions, to protest, to raise our voice against things we consider wrong. It’s a great honour to be born in this nation, here are some reasons why:

The right to protest 

Protests seem to erupt every other day in India and sometimes include even the Chief Ministers of states (Kejriwal was not the first), the truth is that we don’t understand how fortuitous we’re to actually have this right. Try it out in China or even Singapore and you’re likely to be in jail for the rest of your life or even worse dead! We might be a flawed democracy, but we still are a democracy.

The freedom of the press 

It’s true that big business has a major hand in the news we get and there are some truly awful journalists, anchors, etc. out there but the press still has a free hand. They can report things and there’s no censorship anymore, the kind we saw during the Emergency.

A place where hard work will get you places

India’s a land where a tea-seller’s son can aspire to become the Prime Minister of the nation, it’s the Indian dream. Despite all the corruption and hardships, there’s hope for the common man as we saw an activist become the Chief Minister of the capital. No other nation can boast of graft and hard work paying such fast dividends.

A land where there’s a desire for change

While there are definitely some old traditions that need to be culled out, there’s a bright new generation which is no longer listening to their parents or elders and believing everything they did. They’re willing to explore things on their own and be the change they want to see in their nation. It’s indeed an exciting time to be Indian.

A cultural melting pot

Since ancient times, many different cultures have made India their home which means that we have is a melting pot of cultures which allows us to view the world in a different aspect. India remains one of the few nations in the world where people of every sect can live in peace and it’s only post-colonial political elements that has caused such a divide between the different communities.

India.com wishes you and all Indians a very Happy Republic Day. For more articles, check out our Republic Day Section. 

 

  • Niraj Agarwal

    So very true. Mera Bharat Mahaan!

  • reform

    India is the best Country in the world, if Indian politician also become Patriots of the Nation. Since past 10 years India has felt any good leader. All the so called leader Ministers are working for corruption as petty employees and have most the important institution of India, which is Judiciary, a slave of corruption. where openly, most of the corrupt hide. Indian Judiciary System Operation. Where the victim has to pay lacs of Rupees for a date in the court and lawyer hired no show on the date of the case and Judge declines the application as per the the Nexus and pre-structured system. Most of the cases which are pending in the courts are not because lack of manpower in the system but due corruption only.

  • reform

    ‘Eight Of The Last Sixteen Chief Justices Of India Were Definitely Corrupt’

    says the former law minister in an affidavit to the Supreme Court.

    Shanti Bhushan

    4/D-56

    Sep 17, 2010

    05:24 AM

    Here are a few well-known modus operandi:
    1. Sometimes the lawyers of the opposing parties would have an understanding that one of them will ‘miss’ the hearing. Thus, the hearing will be adjourned and one of the lawyers will pocket his fees for “attendance”. This goes on multiple times between the two lawyers, and the judge would also get his share.
    2. If you go to a court, specially on a criminal case, you will also see touts sitting there willing to be witness for a fee. Needless to mention, the police, judges, lawyers all know them and get a share of the booty.
    3. Most of the courts in the country are not like what you see in the glitzy Bollywood movies. They would be generally three large-room buildings with the judge sipping his chai while he rummages through reams of paper. There would be a couple of helpers multi-tasking as steno, peon, cleaner etc. In a typical one hour slot of hearing, 30 minutes will be lost in finding the documents.
    4. In cases involving corporate disputes, or monetary claims/ counter-claims, or property disputes, most judges would prefer to drive the case towards “settlement” or “arbitration”. That has more ‘under the table’ income for them.

    But sshhhhhh!! Some people out here still believe in the fairness and timeliness of the judiciary.

    The Irreverent Indian

    Here are a few well-known modus operandi:
    1. Sometimes the lawyers of the opposing parties would have an understanding that one of them will ‘miss’ the hearing. Thus, the hearing will be adjourned and one of the lawyers will pocket his fees for “attendance”. This goes on multiple times between the two lawyers, and the judge would also get his share.
    2. If you go to a court, specially on a criminal case, you will also see touts sitting there willing to be witness for a fee. Needless to mention, the police, judges, lawyers all know them and get a share of the booty.
    3. Most of the courts in the country are not like what you see in the glitzy Bollywood movies. They would be generally three large-room buildings with the judge sipping his chai while he rummages through reams of paper. There would be a couple of helpers multi-tasking as steno, peon, cleaner etc. In a typical one hour slot of hearing, 30 minutes will be lost in finding the documents.
    4. In cases involving corporate disputes, or monetary claims/ counter-claims, or property disputes, most judges would prefer to drive the case towards “settlement” or “arbitration”. That has more ‘under the table’ income for them.

    But sshhhhhh!! Some people out here still believe in the fairness and timeliness of the judiciary.

    The Irreverent Indian

    Online, India

  • Billy Bob

    Our mango juice is slightly better than Egypt’s.