Friday, October 29, 2010

Random Thoughts about Patriotism - Imagine there's no countries

The current situation in Kashmir provokes a thought about the terms Nationalism and Patriotism. Well i guess i have just limited knowledge of this terms and also been out of touch with many current affairs, u might find this post random, as most of my thoughts have always been.

Why do i feel for my country at present. I guess this started with the fear of my class teacher punishing me in school for not respecting national anthem. the several essay i read during my school days, the cricket matches that i saw and tv series glorify the deeds of the son of the soil made me start liking the country. As i grew up i realize the life me and people surrounding me are living. i felt that there does lies opportunity in this land to live up and fulfill my dreams. there started the true essence of nationalism when i believed that this place will give me a base to establish myself socially and financially and it will not discriminate against me and will give me opportunity to full fill my dreams and help me achieve a better future (dont debate on corruption, its a part of every country though in varying level). and i started truly respecting the motherland for what it has been. and i also thanked my school teacher for inculcating the first seed of patriotism in me.

Now i think of a person who is living in war torn region. Where a man doesnt see that bright future he is yearning for. where he is even not sure the small kid at his home would be going to school and establish a life for himself. will that person still be concerned whether presently the place he lives in is in country A or B. would he still have that feeling for his country as i have for mine. infact will the concept of a country even make any sense to his life. I believe me in that situation would just want peace to return, schools and colleges to reopen and jobs to be present irrespective of what u want to call the place i live in. and hence the fight for the land's status seems worthless to me.

This infact sometimes make me think that does the concept of a country have any sense other than just a mean to simply the governing of a place (is the concept of state in india)... isnt it just the peace which ever one of us wants... would each one of us be a different person if we lived in country XYZ which had a similar conditions as the place we actually lived in?? this makes me remember those golden inspiring lines from John Lenon again

"Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one "