The Thing about Republic day is that it is a holiday! Indeed. This may sound like an ironical situation right here but well, unintentionally today morning, while letting in specs of morning light into my room, I delved into my regular non-fiction reading sprees. This book I randomly picked up today was called ‘India from Midnight to the Millennium and beyond” by none other than Mr. Tharoor.
The book interesting started off with a quote by Churchill where he called India to be a mere geographical Expression, no more a single country than the Equator. The book then goes on to describe Tharoor’s own idea of India being a republic during his adolescent years. He narrated calmly, how he embarked onto a complaining voyage as soon as he was asked to pen down an article for a newspaper on the occasion of Republic Day.
Well, I cannot and will not be able to blame him for complaining and pointing out the very visible flaws existing in the democratic and republican system of ours. I too, with my spurts of awareness and observant analysis once in a while, end up being all morose and depressive about the blame worthy condition of my country.
We all write about the flaws and the violations, demoralized out of our senses regarding the growing intolerance in the country. While being at it, we play the blame game wonderfully charged up, all ready to throw tantrums in the very little ways we can.
Hence, this Republic day, I wanted to frame an almost positive note for us, for the ones who are disheartened and annoyed by the circumstances. I know we all are having a tough time in the world and our country has been within the ambit of ‘developing’ for far too long. I know and we know that it is not easy and human right violations and strange happenings are occurring more than ever, everyday. But this Republic Day we could try and keep some hope. Idealism does not work and skepticism is much accepted and better felt, but well, hope is all we might need, right now.