What is INDIA ? Quest series # 3


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There are a lot of people who really love India. I guess I am one of them. Some people call them fanatics and jingoists. After all, they say, \”We are citizens of the world and we belong to one race- the human race. Patriotism is just another form of selfishness and another source of division and discrimination.\” I agree. I am patriotic, and I love India more than any other country. A disaster in India means a lot more to me than a disaster in any other country. I am selfish, yes. But, what can they accuse me of? If they can accuse someone of being over-patriotic, they might as well accuse him of \”over-loving\” his mother.

If there was a fire in our area, I would save my house, my family first. Yes, I am selfish. I can claim to love the entire human race, and I can also say that love can never be compared, but all I know is, I feel a lot more for those I know. I love the people I can relate to a lot more than those I don\’t even know. I call it natural human behavior. According to me, it is extremely hard to be unselfish. The only way to reach that state of unselfishness is through losing (or letting go of) your \”self\”. I don\’t know if that\’s possible.

To me, India is just an extension of my family, and that\’s how it should be. I think that\’s how the world works. It is an organization of caring – with individuals caring about themselves at the grassroots. At the highest level, we have an individual caring about the entire universe. Most of our efforts go into caring about our own lives. I don\’t know if I\’m making sense. It\’s hard to confine thoughts to words without sacrificing their purity.

Some people say that patriotism is not justified. They say that countries are just pieces of land- geographical entities with political boundaries. I guess, to them, human beings are nothing more but orderly arrangements of chemical structures, and emotions are nothing but the physiological reactions resulting from the secretion of some hormones ?!? And the national flag is just a piece of cloth. I wonder why some people give up their lives to defend the honor of a piece of land- to make sure that the \”piece of cloth\” they love so much never has to bow in disgrace. Well, people are different…

Shah / Nirav ™
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What is INDIA ? Quest series # 2


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I don\’t think it\’s humanly possible to describe India in words. To me, India is not a piece of land with over a billion humans and countless other life forms. India has to be felt. It is an idea, an emotion. Trying to define India is like trying to define existence of God. We know we can\’t define THE. If we could, we would end up being the all-knowing power that God is. Our imagination is finite. India isn\’t. So, trying to define India is futile.

That brings us back to the same question. What is India? I think it\’s one of those questions that don\’t have answers. But, there must be something that comes close to the definition of India or Indianism. I don\’t know. I do think that Indianism has got nothing to do with knowing the Indian national anthem or having an Indian passport.

I\’m trying to think of India and I can see these images passing by by eyes swiftly and smoothly .. all are random and I have definitely no control over them. I can see them, but I can\’t describe them. I can feel them, but I can\’t draw them. They aren\’t good or bad images, they\’re just images of what I might be thinking India is. I don\’t know where to start. I can see my home, my family, my friends. But, is that really all that India is to me? A place to call home? I don\’t know. Is India just these collection of random pics, voices, emotions, expressions, and memories of my family, friends and neighbourhood ? Try it yourself, what do you see when you think of India ? Is it just some memories of fun, laughter, disasters, stories and fictions ?

I wonder what it would be like if I didn\’t have an Indian passport- a proof of my citizenship (Indian-ness?). I see people in India whose only aim in life is to leave India and move to a more \”lucrative\” environment, dont blame them but I also do see people who\’ve left India and whose only aim in life is to go back to India to be with their family, their friends, their people- to be home. Why? What is so much that India has to offers that tends to drag us back home ? What on earth is special about that \”peace\” of land that makes us crave and reminds us every day we look our faces in mirror ? Quest is still on. I am here just to go further with trying to define INDIA.. and my search is still on, and will go on.

But I, my soul, gets assured that India is a lot more than just THAT. I take my India with me wherever I go. My India lies in my thoughts, and that\’s where home is…at least for me.

Shah / Nirav ™ 
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What is INDIA ?


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Patriotism had never been defined clearly in any of the dictionaries, atleast none that I am satisfied with. I don\’t know if anywhere the 10 lettered word  has been clearly explained in any encyclopedia or wikipedias, atleast none that has quenched my thoughts.  Probably because it can\’t be defined. And probably is thats the reason one remains patriotic,  just to fulfill the unsolved quest ?

 I\’ve always wondered what it means to be Indian. Am I really Indian? Does holding an Indian passport make me Indian? Is there a difference between being a citizen of India and being an Indian? These are questions that I have asked myself and I\’ve tried coming up with answers but each new series of thoughts have made me scrap my preceeding ones. With that note, why not try blogging them up just to check the complete variation in my thought process. Ofcourse its quite difficult to log every thougt and ideas effectively but who-cares ?  I\’ll be posting some random ideas on this page. I don\’t expect you to agree with everything I say, but I do expect you to respect my opinion, because the least we can do is respect the opinions of other people. You might think I\’m a fanatic, but that\’s alright. It doesn\’t really matter what other people think of me as long as I\’m sure that I\’m sure.

Well thats it for now !

 Shah / Nirav ™ 
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