Today, news channels talks about the so called “insult of the nation” by the two men, who have done India proud like very few others…
One cut cake with national flag colors and another presided over a corporate function of an organization which was considerate of its employees of the different nationalities, and thus played the tune of the national anthem and not the anthem itself.
Nationalism is a feeling of ownership, pride, responsibility and belonging for one’s country.
National anthem and flag are the symbols of a nation, not a nation itself. Why inappropriate conduct, if any, against the same should be discussed when there is so much that the nation needs to accomplish, from food and health, infrastructure and education, justice and peace to social and economic equality for all its citizens; when the environmental threats are over looked and threats to the integrity of the nation created for political gains; when all progress in commerce, and even military acquisitions, are made only after paying kickbacks to the administration; when the nation moves on the path of glory only in parts, with the distance between the have and have-nots increasing everyday.
Today is another day that highlights the hypocrisy of an idol-starved nation and a celebrity-crazy media, where heroes are seeked, not to inspire but to prove them as mortals; where heroes are worshiped and back-stabbed at the same time; where heroes are gauged on more then their area of expertise.
Another day when you wonder, what a thorny task it must be… to be a hero….