Patriotism is a funny thing, really. You could show your love for the nation using slogans on top of your voice or by your simple acts such as not throwing trash on the ground. Everybody has a different way of showing it. And there's no right or wrong way.
Take Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi, for example. Both had immense love for Hindustan and truly devoted their lives to the motherland but had different ideologies and paths. We can probably NEVER question their love for the nation because maybe both extremists and moderates played an important part in the freedom movement.
Let's apply it to the current scenario and talk about the whole national-anthem-in-movie-theatres gig. It's a hot topic where people have different opinions. Where many are all in for the idea and many believe it is forced patriotism. The correct answer? We don't know maybe because there is none.
Today, we bring you a similar story...
The government of Madhya Pradesh recently made it compulsory for the students to answer with 'Jai Hind' to roll call. So instead of 'present' or 'yes sir/mam', now the students will remember the motherland and will have patriotism engrained in their system from a young age.
Is this another debate on the forced patriotism ground? Or just a simple step towards instilling patriotism in the citizens?
Let's hear it from them directly.
It's a great move, according to almost 60% youngsters out of 18,000+ who participated in India Ka Pulse. The rest are not quite satisfied with the move and believe it is unreasonable. There are two sides to it and both make sense, really.
It all comes down to citizens ultimately. Cause we still see crimes increasing at alarming rates, we still see riots on every other silly thing, we still see people struggling for jobs. But then, change does not really happen overnight. Is this the positive step we need to get started?
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