So India celebrated her 60th Republic Day today. Like every year I watched the parade on TV. This post is a collection of the few random thoughts I had during the show.
1. Only 6 were awarded Ashok Chakra out of the 16 brave officers who died fighting terrorists in November. I think the government could have afforded or made exceptions this time to award them all. It was touching to watch tearful wives receive the awards. May their souls rest in peace and may their sacrifices not go wasted.
2. Helen, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were awarded the Padma Shree. Helen is a legend so I can understand..even Akshay Kumar too if I stretch my understanding power but Aish???? For her immense acting skills ?? For winning Miss World a decade ago?
3. Why is the President called “Rashtrapati” ? While coining the word did our fore fathers think that Rashtra is a lady and the supreme citizen shall be her husband? (Not to mention the hint of the assumption that no female could ever be the President). What was the need to attach “pati” to the word Rashtra? Why couldn’t it be “RashtraPradhan” for instance?
4.26th January is celebrated as Republic Day as it was on this day in 1950 when the Constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. The Constitution of India grants us personal rights.
The right to equality is one of the chief guarantees given in Articles 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Constitution. It is the principal foundation of all other rights, guaranteeing equality of all citizens before law, social equality, equal access to public areas, equality in matters of public employment, the abolition of untouchability and of titles.
But of course women of India are not citizens. In fact they are not even human beings. That is why a group of men belonging to Ram Sena (what a choice of name I must say! I am not a big fan of Ramayan still Ram ka naam badnaam na karo!) attacked a group of women in a pub on Saturday afternoon in Mangalore. Because Indian women have no such thing called personal rights. What they do, what they wear, whether they keep their husband’s surname, where they go, where they stand is everyone’s business among India’s moral police.
[Edited to add:- I know my readers will know still I would like to clarify that I am being sarcastic about the 4th point. I know Women are Citizens ]
But if I had a choice, would I like to be born some place else other than India? I won’t.
Imagine all the festivities I would have missed celebrating and knowing.
Imagine all the rich history, the traditions, the wildlife, the varied culture, the places I would have missed.
I am glad to be an Indian. Of course everything isn’t shining here. But koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota, usse perfect banana padta hai. ( No country is perfect, one needs to make it perfect)
HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY TO ALL INDIANS! JAI HIND!